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Wednesday, June 30

Spieth wins third straight Byron Nelson Jr.

Jordan Spieth won his third straight HP Byron Nelson Junior on Wednesday.

Junior diary: Excitement in Kentucky

I had a wonderful week with a crazy ending.

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Illinois’ Small wins 3rd PGA PNC

Mike Small birdied three of his last five holes to win his second straight PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, holding off Sonny Skinner by three strokes.

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Bios: 20 pros qualify for PGA Championship

with info on the 20 pros who qualified Wednesday for the PGA Championship.

Here are capsules of the 20 qualifiers from the 43rd Professional National Championship into the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. (presented in order of finish):

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Finchem says PGA Tour contraction unlikely

Even as the economy continues to lag and the PGA Tour is looking for a half-dozen title sponsors, commissioner Tim Finchem doesn’t envision a smaller schedule in the next few years.

Creamer, Pressel proud of Kerr’s ranking

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel each always vowed they would be the No. 1 player in the world. Instead, fellow American Cristie Kerr beat them to it.

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Source: Feds question Woods in HGH probe

A person familiar with a federal investigation of a Canadian doctor accused of distributing human growth hormone says Tiger Woods has been interviewed in the case.

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Newly-minted pro Song one of a kind

explains why newly-minted pro Jennifer Song is mature beyond her years.

Jennifer Song comes across as one of the most mature, disciplined 20-year-olds you’ll ever meet. She’s a world away from 15-year-old Alexis Thompson, the Curtis Cup teammate who turned pro on the same day.

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Woods’ AT&T prep includes . . . Bon Jovi?

Tiger Woods’ tee shot was headed for the front pin when it turned hard to the left and settled at the back left corner of the par-3 fifth green at Aronimink Golf Club.

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Mediate joins ESPN’s British Open crew

reports Rocco Mediate will serve as an on-course announcer for ESPN at the British Open.

ESPN, which will air all four round of the British Open for the first time this year, is promising to shake up the normally lackluster telecast with the addition of 18 cameras and new, though unspecified technology.

In this issue: July 2, 2010

Inside the July 2, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

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Feng’s winning streak on rocks at ToC

Yueer Cindy Feng’s bid for three straight invitational titles may have been lost at breakfast.

W.Va. Am champ gets Greenbrier spot

Jonathan Bartlett has a date with destiny. He will play in his first PGA Tour event at the inaugural Greenbrier Classic, July 26-Aug. 1.

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Tanco in AJGA ToC hunt; Straka leads boys

AJGA Rolex ToC

Victoria Tanco rocketed up the leaderboard Wednesday at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions with a 66 – easily the best 18-hole score in the girls division at Blessings Golf Club.

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Q&A: Kentwool CEO Mark Kent

Here is a piece of apparel that we don’t talk about much – socks. Although they aren’t exactly a fashion necessity, socks are the roots of a golfer’s comfort.

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Coach Haney launches academy in China

American instructor Hank Haney has established the Hank Haney Golf Academy at Mission Hills - Haikou.

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Johnson turns pro; ASU left with 3 players

ASU left with 3 players

Jennifer Johnson’s intention to turn pro plus other moves leave Arizona State’s women with only three players. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

Liang aims to ease Open pain with victory

Globetrotting Liang Wen-chong tees off Thursday in the Indonesia Open, bidding to cast aside his British Open-qualifying disappointment by winning his third title on the OneAsia Tour.

Oregon State should consider these coaches

would call these four coaches to replace Brian Watts, who left Oregon State for Army.

Here are a few names I would consider calling if I were Beavers athletic director Bob De Carolis.

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'France' and 'golf': It's a historic pairing

Gregory Havret will be given a hero’s welcome at this week’s French Open after his runner-up finish in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Havret surprised many people by finishing second to Graeme McDowell. It came as no shock to those who know French golf.

Atlanta Athletic Club lands 2014 U.S. Am

The Atlanta Athletic Club has been selected to host the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship.

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LPGA Farr Classic to go on hiatus in 2011

LPGA and tournament officials say the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic will take a year off in 2011 before returning for at least three more years.

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Westwood OK after blood-clot scare

Lee Westwood is in the clear over blood clot fears.

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Hate to be Rude: Crunch time for Love

Hate to be Rude

Davis Love III, who has played 23 consecutive British Opens, is down to his final options for St. Andrews. Jeff Rude explains.

Some players need to toughen up

Ian Poulter withdrew from today’s Alstom Open De France pro-am because of an insect bite. Colin Montgomerie skipped it because of a calf injury. Matteo Manassero missed it because of a injured wrist.

Players to watch at the Dogwood Invitational

with five players to watch this week at the Dogwood Invitational.

We all know about Russell Henley, Hudson Swafford and Harris English. All are playing this week at the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club, which starts Wednesday in Atlanta.

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Injury scare hospitalizes Westwood

Lee Westwood has been taken to hospital for tests after a doctor feared a swollen calf muscle could be caused by a blood clot.

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Tiger can prove a lot this weekend

Tiger Woods may no longer be the host of the AT&T National, but the event is still of much importance to the world No. 1. There are several reasons why Woods would like nothing more than to win at Aronimink Golf Club.

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Player primed for Asia Pacific Golf Summit encore

Gary Player will deliver an eagerly-anticipated encore at October's star-studded Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS) in Bangkok.

Anthony Kim cleared to practice following surgery

Two months after surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb, Anthony Kim was cleared to practice Tuesday.

Fujita seeks to maintain momentum

Hiroyuki Fujita will be seeking to extend his advantage in the Japan Golf Tour Organisation's (JGTO) Money List standings when he headlines the field in this week's inaugural Toshin Tournament in Lakewood.

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Tubert sings way to success on golf course

discovered the secret to recent WAPL champ Emily Tubert’s success. Ever heard of Ke$ha?

The closing stretch at Blessings Golf Club is no place to divert focus, but there was Emily Tubert, the newly minted Women’s Amateur Public Links champion, rehearsing her takeaway, checking her alignment ... and whistling Top 40 hits?

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Oxford birthday honors for Lahiri

Anirban Lahiri celebrated his 23rd birthday in style as he blasted a superb seven-under 65 to take the lead on day one of the Aircel PGTI Players Championship presented by Oxford Golf & Country Club.

Tuesday, June 29

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USF hires FSU’s Malloy as head coach

Chris Malloy was announced Tuesday as the new head men’s coach at South Florida.

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Underdogs take early lead at AJGA ToC

AJGA Rolex ToC

Excuse Sam Straka for being tired. The 17-year-old from Georgia shot 69 on three hours sleep and leads the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Illinois coach Small goes low at PNC

Defending champion Mike Small shot a course-record 7-under 65 on Tuesday to take a four-stroke lead entering the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship.

Illinois coach Small on verge of PGA berth

Can things get any better for the men’s program at the University of Illinois? You bet.

Chris Baker's Euro card quest

Chris Baker, a former Iowa State standout, is on the verge of a European card.

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Rankings: South Africans show prominence

Four South Africans rank among the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking, equaling the four Englishmen (the U.S. has nine top-25 players, including four of the top 5).

Mini-tour notes: Baker’s Euro card quest

with the story of Chris Baker, a former Iowa State standout on the verge of a European card.

Chris Baker was taking in his surroundings on the Canary Islands when he said, “It’s unreal, to be honest.”

Tough track awaits U.S. Publinks players

The players at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will face quite a test of their driving skills.

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Woods looking for momentum at Aronimink

The most obvious change at the AT&T National is moving to Aronimink Golf Club, a tree-lined classic in the Philadelphia suburbs that will host the tournament the next two years as Congressional prepares for a U.S. Open.

Fantasy Aces: AT&T National

New course. Big field. Golfweek's Fantasy Aces make their picks for the AT&T National.

PGA berth within Hutsell’s grasp at PNC

explains the pressure players like David Hutsell are feeling as they claw for a PGA berth.

David Hutsell has been here before – deep into the Professional National Championship and a spot in the PGA Championship clearly within sight, so close it must seem he can just reach out and pluck it.

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AJGA’s Rolex ToC course punishing players

AJGA’s Rolex ToC

Blessings Golf Club, site of this week’s AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, wreaking havoc on the best junior players in the country. Ryan Lavner reports from Johnson, Ark.

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‘Wimbledon white’ works for Kerr

Last weekend’s LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club outside Rochester, N.Y., looked more like a match at Wimbledon than a golf tournament.

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Caddie’s illness inspiring Simpson on Tour

Simpson and his caddie

William Kane serves as more than Webb Simpson’s caddie. As Jim McCabe writes, they share a friendship that guides them on Tour.

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Last British Open spots earned; Campbell out

The 2005 U.S. Open must feel like a lifetime away for New Zealand’s Michael Campbell. His career plumbed new depths when he failed to qualify for the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Barnes, Holmes win CVS Charity Classic

Ricky Barnes and J.B. Holmes combined for a string of seven consecutive birdies on the back nine Tuesday and won the CVS Charity Classic with a final score of 21-under 121.

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Toy Box notes: Bubba home on the range

explains why a huge net was erected at the end of the Ping headquarters driving range. (Hint: Blame Bubba)

Bubba Watson is known as a regular guy. At Ping headquarters in Phoenix, Watson “likes to come down (from his home in north Scottsdale) and hang out on the range,” Ping spokesman Pete Samuels said.

Australian Peter Lonard looks for U.S. return

Peter Lonard is hoping to return to the U.S.-based Nationwide Tour next month after recent hip and knee surgery. He lost his PGA Tour card last year when he finished out of the top 125 on the money list.

Jamie Farr could be rookie's big break

Since I last wrote from Atlantic City, I have been to Defiance, Ohio to play in the Ohio Women’s Open, and to Providence, R.I., for a pro-am.

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Yang spearheads Korean contingent in Scotland

(Y.E.) Yang Yong-eun will put the finishing touches to his Open Championship preparations with an appearance at Loch Lomond next week.

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More new equipment releases for summer

says manufacturers are not waiting until 2011 to introduce new gear.

Manufacturers are not waiting until the new year to introduce gear. There are many new products that could help your game immediately.

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World-class speakers line up for Asia superintendents summit

Global support for the inaugural Golf Course Superintendents of Asia Summit continues to grow at a rapid pace.

Events to watch: Dogwood, North & South

previews two of this week’s biggest amateur events: the Dogwood Invitational and the North & South Championship.

This week offers a couple of great amateur tournaments to follow. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

Monday, June 28

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Moss, Skinner tied atop PGA PNC

Rob Moss shot a 2-under 70 and Sonny Skinner had a 71 for a share of the lead through two rounds of the PGA Professional National Championship on Monday.

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River Rim Ranch lacks one key asset: money

says despite breathtaking views at River Rim Ranch, construction is at a standstill.

If you want to witness first-hand the carnage inflicted on private golf communities by the meltdown of the real estate market, you can travel to Orlando, Fla., or Scottsdale, Ariz., or Las Vegas. Or you can visit Sean Cracraft in Tetonia, Idaho, population 247.

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Rolling through the Canadian Rockies

Top tracks of Canada

The scenario: Travel by luxury train for 10 days across northwest Canada, play golf and eat sirloin mooseburgers. Any takers?

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Player of the Week: Emily Tubert

Emily Tubert, of Burbank, Calif., won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., beating Lisa McCloskey, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

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Player of the Week: Patrick Rodgers

Patrick Rodgers, of Avon, Ind., shot 5-under 275 (72-69-69-65) at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wis., to win the Western Junior by three shots.

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Winner’s Circle: June 21-27, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Howard sisters make unofficial Florida visits

have taken unofficial visits to Florida.

The University of Florida has caught Robbi and Ginger Howard’s eye. The sisters from Bradenton, Fla., have made unofficial visits to Florida, and also will visit Duke in July when Ginger plays the U.S. Girls’ Junior at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C., and Robbi serves as her caddie.

Smith rocks French Lick with course record

explains what is motivating club pro Bruce Smith at the PGA PNC this week.

Some golfers collect scorecards. Others collect pencils, putters, ball markers or logoed hats. Bruce Smith of Frisco, Texas, collects course records, and on Monday, during the second round of the 43rd Professional National Championship at French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course, he secured another pelt for his office wall.

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Skins Game still looking for sponsor

reports that little progress has been made in finding a Skins Game sponsor.

Golfweek has learned that little progress has been made in the search for a sponsor of The Skins Game, casting the future of the made-for-TV event in doubt.

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BMW to sponsor Ryder Cup through 2014

Members of the European Ryder Cup team will be riding to the matches in style for the next four years after BMW extended its sponsorship of the Ryder Cup through 2014.

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Watts ready to take the lead at Army

found out why Brian Watts is leaving Oregon State for Army – and why he’ll soon hop a plane to Iraq.

Last week when the news spread that Brian Watts was leaving his position as head coach at Oregon State for the job at Army, it raised a few eyebrows. It’s not often we see a coach leave the Pac-10 - the nation’s best golf conference - to join the Patriot League.

Rookie diary: Jamie Farr could be my big break

had a successful week at the Ohio Women’s Open, and hopes to keep it rolling at the Jamie Farr.

Since I last wrote from Atlantic City, I have been to Defiance, Ohio to play in the Ohio Women’s Open, and to Providence, R.I., for a pro-am.

Ex-Georgia standout Hetzel to lead WCU

Former Georgia standout Mallory Hetzel has been named head women’s coach at Western Carolina. Hetzel will replace Steve Lott, who stepped down at the end of the 2009-10 season after 12 years as head coach.

Junior Fantasy picks: Rolex ToC

Julie Williams has created even more separation at the top of the Junior Fantasy standings after two solid picks for the FootJoy Invitational. She has an 85-point lead entering one of the biggest events of the season, the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Johnson, Ark. Our Golfweek staffers make their picks:

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Pavin: ‘I don’t think I’d play’ at Ryder Cup

says despite recent good play, Corey Pavin won’t be a playing captain at this year’s Ryder Cup.

To kick off his press conference after losing a three-man playoff at The Travelers Championship, Corey Pavin was asked at what point he thought he had a chance to win?

Thumbs up: USA | Thumbs down: Kim Kim

gives a big thumbs up to amateur standouts Joseph Bramlett and Emily Tubert. Kimberly Kim? Not so much.

The amateur season has begin and there were some great accomplishments and some sad news last weekend. It’s time for thumbs up and thumbs down to review the week in amateur golf.

Sunday, June 27

Paeglow leads delayed PGA PNC

David Paeglow shot a 5-under 65 on Sunday on The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort to take the lead during the suspended first round of the PGA Professional National Championship.

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Lovemark wins Mexico Open in playoff

Jamie Lovemark won the Mexico Open Bicentenary on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour victory, beating B.J. Staten with a 3-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff at El Bosque Country Club.

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NCAA Championship heading to Riviera, AAC

NCAA Championship sites

The NCAA Championship will be held in 2012 at Riviera Country Club (pictured) and in 2013 at Atlanta Athletic Club. Both will be hosting the NCAA finals for the first time.

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Tidy brings home Ladies’ British Amateur title

England’s Kelly Tidy ended eight years of British frustration in Britain’s premier women’s amateur tournament by winning the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship this weekend.

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Kerr wins LPGA Championship by 12

Cristie Kerr on Sunday became the first American to win the major since Juli Inkster in 2000. And Kerr's bonus: She supplants Ai Miyazato as the world's No. 1-ranked player.

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Watson wins Travelers, first PGA Tour title

Watson wins 1st Tour title

Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship on the second extra hole of a playoff Sunday. It was his first PGA Tour victory.

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After 13 years, Australian Lunn wins again

Australian Karen Lunn got off to a fast start Sunday, scoring 6 under on the front nine, which propelled her to victory at the Portugal Ladies Open.

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Late surge boosts Roberts to Champions win

Loren Roberts birdied the final hole for a closing 7-under 65 to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open by one stroke over Fred Funk.

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Kerr wins LPGA by 12, locks up world No. 1

Kerr wins LPGA Championship

Talk about a super Sunday. Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship by 12 shots, and took over Monday as No. 1 in the world rankings.

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Puyat (No. 13, 2011) commits to Stanford

has given a verbal commitment to Stanford.

Marcel Puyat has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Stanford. Puyat, who is from the Philippines and currently resides in Bradenton, Fla., chose Stanford after making unofficial visits to UCLA, California and Duke. He said the final decision came between Stanford and UCLA.

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Kimberly Kim to turn pro for Women’s Open

Kim to turn pro at Oakmont

Kimberly Kim has announced she will turn professional for the U.S. Women’s Open next month at Oakmont Country Club. She played her final amateur event at last week’s U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.

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Vietnam Golf Association tackles course rating

Several of Vietnam’s leading golf courses are now being “rated” according to the U.S. Golf Association Course Rating System, recognized as the world’s de facto handicapping system.

Rookie Sonoda lands Open spot with victory

Rookie Shunsuke Sonoda scored a stunning upset victory in the weather-hit 130 million yen (US$1.45 million) Gate Way to the Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic.

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A confidence-boosting win for Plaphol

Chawalit Plaphol commanded the field by an eight-shot margin to win the ICTSI Mount Malarayat Championship on Saturday.

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Horsey overtakes Dredge to win BMW Open

David Horsey of England birdied the 18th hole to win the BMW International Open by one stroke over countryman Ross Fisher on Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 that earned him the biggest victory of his career.

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The PNC visits golf’s modern marvel

says the Pete Dye Course at French Lick, site of the PNC, is a modern marvel.

In the case of It’s Possible to Build a Golf Course Anywhere With Enough Time and Money, we offer Exhibit A: the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.

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Horsey birdies 18 to claim maiden win

David Horsey of England birdied the 18th hole to win the BMW International Open by one stroke over countryman Ross Fisher on Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 that earned him the biggest victory of his career.

Saturday, June 26

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Rose maintains 3-shot lead at Travelers

Justin Rose shot a 68 Saturday and held a three-stroke lead over Ben Curtis heading into the final round of the Travelers Championship.

Staten, Tomasulo in front at Mexico Open

B.J. Staten and Peter Tomasulo remained atop a crowded leaderboard at the Mexico Open. Staten and Tomasulo each shot even-par 72 in the third round Saturday at El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, Mexico.

Tidy wins Ladies British Open Amateur

Kelly Tidy defeated Kelsey MacDonald, 2 and 1, in the 18-hole final match of the Ladies British Open Amateur at Ganton Golf Club in England. With the victory, Tidy earned a spot in the field for the Ricoh Women’s British Open, to be played next month at her home course, Royal Birkdale.

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Tubert, 18, defeats McCloskey for WAPL title

Tubert wins WAPL title

Long-hitting Emily Tubert wasn’t sure she could contend at a USGA final. As Julie Williams writes, those doubts disappeared after a dominating performance at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

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Faldo: Ryder Cup captain Monty ignoring me

Former Europe captain Nick Faldo thinks he is being ignored by successor Colin Montgomerie in the buildup to the Ryder Cup in October.

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Forsman takes one-shot lead at Dick’s Open

Dan Forsman has shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

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Stanford grad Bramlett wins Northeast Am

Bramlett wins Northeast Am

With a 67 in the final round, Joseph Bramlett won the Northeast Amateur on Saturday. Last week, he played in the U.S. Open and alongside Tiger Woods in a practice round.

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Kerr extends lead to 8 at LPGA

Kerr leads LPGA by 8

Cristie Kerr shot 3-under 69 Saturday to extend her lead to a tournament-record eight shots at the LPGA Championship.

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Kerr ready to be World No. 1, role model

says Cristie Kerr is ready to follow in the footsteps of Annika and Lorena.

Every day here at the LPGA Championship, the moderator in the media room starts off each interview by asking players to “take us through your round” (i.e. birdies and bogeys).

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Team USA edges Europe for Palmer Cup title

Team USA wins Palmer Cup

Scott Langley and Russell Henley, who shared low-amateur honors last week at the U.S. Open, helped lead Team USA to a 13-11 victory over Europe in the Palmer Cup.

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Dredge takes 3-shot lead at BMW Open

Welshman Bradley Dredge extended his lead in the BMW International Open to three strokes Saturday, shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round.

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Tubert builds 4-up lead over McCloskey

Tubert leads McCloskey, 4 up

After a shaky start, Emily Tubert won seven straight holes Saturday and built a 4-up lead over Lisa McCloskey entering the final 18 holes of the Women’s Amateur Public Links.

Friday, June 25

Staten, Tomasulo tied at Mexico Open

B.J. Staten and Peter Tomasulo will share the lead entering the weekend at the Mexico Open.

Rodgers rallies to win Western Junior

Patrick Rodgers, of Avon, Ind., shot a final-round 65 and rallied to win the 93rd Western Junior Championship on Friday.

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Kerr leads by 5 at LPGA Championship

Cristie Kerr shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a five-stroke lead in the LPGA Championship, the tour’s second major of the season.

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Rose shoots 62, leads by 4 at Travelers

Justin Rose shot an 8-under 62, birdieing five consecutive back-nine holes for the second straight round, to take a four-stroke lead over Kevin Sutherland on Friday in the Travelers Championship.

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Levi leads Dick’s Open; Calcavecchia 2 back

Mark Calcavecchia likely won’t forget his first round on the Champions Tour.

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Long-hitting Tubert primed for WAPL final

Tubert advances to WAPL final

Emily Tubert may be long off the tee, but Sara Grantham held her own Friday in the WAPL semifinals. Julie Williams reports.

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Bramlett, Ballo share lead Northeast Am

It’s not Arizona’s O.K. Corral, but it’s pretty clear there’s going to be quite a shootout Sunday at Wannamoisett Country Club in the final round of the 49th Northeast Amateur.

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Kerr in total control at LPGA Championship

Kerr leads by 5 at LPGA

Cristie Kerr opened up a five-shot lead Friday at the LPGA Championship. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, all it took was a slight mental adjustment.

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Rose close to joining field at St. Andrews

Rose nears Open berth

Justin Rose was a spectator when the British Open last visited St. Andrews. As Jim McCabe writes, there’s much more at stake this week for the Englishman than a chance for his second PGA Tour win.

Princeton coach Bond leaves for FSU

Amy Bond is headed back to Florida State.

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Two eagles lift Dredge into BMW Open lead

Bradley Dredge of Wales had two eagles in a round for the first time in his 14-year professional career to earn a one-shot lead at the midpoint of the BMW International Open.

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UGA to host Women’s NCAAs in 2013

UGA to host '13 NCAAs

The University of Georgia Golf Course will host the 2013 NCAA Women’s Championship, the NCAA announced on Friday. The event is slated for May 21-24, 2013.

Team USA takes 2-point lead at Palmer Cup

After winning three of eight singles matches Friday, the United States will take a 9-7 lead over Europe into the final round of the Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Team USA needs 3 1/2 points to win its first Palmer Cup on European soil since 2002, while a victory by Europe would mark the first time either side has claimed three straight matches.

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Tubert rallies to make WAPL semifinals

says Emily Tubert has done more than earn “low junior” honors this week at the WAPL. She’s now in position to win.

Emily Tubert was the only golfer without a bag emblazoned with a college logo to make the quarterfinals at the Women’s Amateur Public Links. If the “low junior” award exists in this championship, then Tubert is the winner – and she’s not done yet.

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No. 15 at TPC River Highlands teases players

says the driveable 15th hole at TPC River Highlands continues to tease players.

Before there was a push to have par 4s that tempted players to take out driver, there was the 15th at TPC River Highlands. It’s been teasing players for more than 25 years.

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British Open not the same without Seve

says we should all be saddened that Seve Ballesteros will miss this year’s Open.

This year’s Open Championship won’t be the same without the most exciting European player ever.

Thursday, June 24

Tomasulo shoots 64 to lead Mexico Open

Peter Tomasulo shot 8-under 64 to take the lead after the first round of the Mexico Open.

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Kerr shares lead at LPGA Championship

Cristie Kerr shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Stacy Lewis and Seon Hwa Lee in the LPGA Championship, the LPGA’s second major of the season.

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Gavier stays alive, reaches WAPL quarters

Gavier needs extras to win

Martina Gavier needed extra holes to win both matches Thursday, but it was all worth it when she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s Amateur Public Links. Julie Williams reports.

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Rose ties Travelers lead after late birdie run

Justin Rose birdied five of his final six holes for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the Travelers Championship.

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Fifty reasons to love 50-year-old Juli Inkster

50 reasons to love Inkster

Juli Inkster turned 50 on Thursday. To celebrate the occasion, Beth Ann Baldry lists 50 reasons why Inkster is one of the most fun and respected players on the LPGA.

McCloskey beats future roomie Salas at WAPL

explains why Lizette Salas got an up-close look at future teammate and roommate Lisa McCloskey Thursday at the WAPL.

Lizette Salas got an early scouting report Thursday on her future teammate, Lisa McCloskey. The two met in the Round of 32 at the Women’s Amateur Public Links, with McCloskey taking down Salas, 4 and 2.

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Harrington among early leaders at Travelers

There’s a three-way tie for the lead after the morning rounds at the Travelers Championship.

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Benjamin keeps Northeast Am lead

After a 4-under 65 gave him a one-stroke lead after Day 1, Brad Benjamin wanted to get off to a solid start Thursday in the second round of the 49th Northeast Amateur.

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Q&A: Club Glove president Jeff Herold

Many golfers have been using Club Glove products for years without having a good grip on the story behind the company. I tracked down Jeff Herold, Club Glove president and founder, and got the interesting story behind the company.

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Dredge, Whiteford tied at BMW International

Bradley Dredge of Wales and Peter Whiteford of Scotland lead the BMW International Open after shooting 8-under 64s in the first round.

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Dye endorses ringing of bell at Red Hook

Ringing at Red Hook

A bell is virtually unheard of nowadays, but you can find one on the fourth hole at Red Hook Golf Club. As Evan Rothman writes, ringing the bell reminds us that golfers are a community.

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Kono outlasts Schepperle at Women’s Publinks

says it took 23 holes before a winner of the Stephanie Kono-Candace Schepperle match was decided.

When two of the top college players in the country meet early on the Women’s Amateur Public Links match-play bracket, neither can be expected to fall easily. That was the case Thursday morning at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame, where recent Auburn graduate Candace Schepperle and UCLA rising junior Stephanie Kono did battle over 23 holes.

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Pacific Grove: Monterey’s marvelous muni

Pacific Grove Golf Links

Not a fan of Pebble Beach's $495 green fees? Look no further than Pacific Grove, a mecca for the budget-minded just up the road from Pebble.

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Team USA takes 6-2 lead at Palmer Cup

The United States swept the afternoon foursomes matches Thursday to take a 6-2 lead in the Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

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Broome, Koepka struggle at Wannamoisett

explains why Matthew Broome and Brooks Koepka posted rounds to forget at the Northeast Amateur.

Talk about one of those days when you should have just stayed in bed.

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Nielsen ready to defend Dick’s Open title

Lonnie Nielsen is back to defend his title at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

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How low can you go at River Highlands?

No, Toto, we’re not at Pebble Beach anymore. We’re back in PGA Tour mode – at TPC River Highlands, no less – and that means how low can you go?

Oregon St. coach Watts leaves for Army

Brian Watts, a former professional golfer and Oregon State head coach, will take the reins at Army in July.

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Beware: The Woods swagger is back

says there was something beautiful about seeing Tiger Woods’ swagger back at Pebble.

They may be teeing off in Hartford already but I’m still stuck thinking about Tiger and Pebble.

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GCSAA leader Woodward resigns

CEO resigns after 2 years

Mark Woodward, who took over as CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in 2008, resigned on June 22 “to pursue other career interests.”

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Ballesteros cancels British Open plans

Seve Ballesteros has canceled plans to attend the British Open at St. Andrews next month.

Wednesday, June 23

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Salas rallies to advance at Women’s Publinks

U.S. Women’s Public Links

Lizette Salas has two words to describe her 2-up victory on Kuriko Tsukiyama on Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links: Emotionally stressful. Julie Williams reports.

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Champions Tour: Make way for Calc

says human cash machine Mark Calcavecchia is set for his Champions debut.

Mark Calcavecchia turned 50 June 12, and he’s about to become a human cash machine on the Champions Tour.

Benjamin up early at Northeast Amateur

Brad Benjamin took advantage of a morning tee time when the wind was almost non-existent and grabbed the first-round lead Wednesday in the 49th Northeast Amateur Championship.

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Wie headlines LPGA Championship field

is in Pittsford, N.Y., and previews the LPGA Championship. Quick tip: Keep an eye on Michelle Wie.

David Leadbetter works with two of the most naturally talented, athletic players on tour in Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie.

Good to be Irish at Women’s Publinks

Becca Huffer might not be a local in the true sense of the word, but this week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, Huffer might as well be.

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Preview: LPGA Championship

Powerful and talented, Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie are logical picks to contend at this week’s major. But the tournament’s venue could set up another victory for newly minted No. 1 – Ai Miyazato (pictured).

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Swede Hedwall takes aim at British Am

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall took pole position heading into this week’s Ladies’ British Amateur Championship at Ganton Golf Club in Yorkshire, England. The Oklahoma State player took the No. 1seeding when she finished medalist after 36 holes of qualifying.

Birdie-fest expected at BMW event

Anticipate low scoring this week at the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Nord-Eichenried. At just 7,026 yards in length and a par 72, few courses on the European Tour yield to birdies and eagles so readily.

GCSAA leader Woodward resigns

Less than two years after naming Mark Woodward as its chief executive, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America once again is looking for a CEO.

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Travelers offers a much-needed respite

Ah, the Exhale Open. It’s more commonly referred to as the Travelers Championship, but when you sit on the PGA Tour schedule directly behind the U.S. Open, well, you are the tournament where guys are less up tight and relieved to have put major championship pressure behind them.

Rankings: Frenchman Havret now on the radar

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland became the first European winner of the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin did it 40 years ago, shooting even par for the championship. The victory took McDowell to a career-best world No. 13 ranking, an improvement of 24 positions. Runner-up Gregory Havret of France, who finished a stroke behind, jumped from 391 to 104.

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A slimmer, focused Daly back at Travelers

Many golfers see the week after the U.S. Open as an opportunity to take a break from the grind of the PGA Tour. Others see it as an opportunity to prove they can win there.

An impressive bogey-less streak

Todd White had quite a run going. The mid-amateur from Moore, S.C., came into this year’s 49th Northeast Amateur fresh off a victory at the South Carolina Match Play Championship.

Fantasy Aces: Travelers Championship

Pick these players this week at the Travelers Championship.

Westerberg primed for Portuguese title defense

Sweden’s Johanna Westerberg returned to competitive action on the Ladies European Tour just three weeks ago after eight months of maternity leave.

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Bangladeshi Siddikur seeking first Asian Tour victory

Bangladesh’s Mohammad Siddikur believes a watershed career victory is within his reach – and he’s prepared to go the extra distance to achieve his ambition.

Rules breach creates odd WAPL scenario

explains what happened when Kimberly Kim teed off on the wrong tee box Wednesday at the WAPL.

There are few worse feelings in golf than hammering a drive down the fairway, only to find that it’s on the wrong hole.

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Goodbye, Pebble . . . Hello, Palmer Cup

says after a thrilling performance at Pebble Beach, Scott Langley and Russell Henley headed to the Palmer Cup.

How did Scott Langley and Russell Henley celebrate their memorable performances at the U.S. Open?

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WSG inks deal to run Australian PGA Championship

The PGA of Australia has retained World Sport Group to manage its season-ending Australian PGA Championship, Australia’s oldest professional golf tournament.

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McDowell talks fashion, cars and wine

spoke with Graeme McDowell about his style on and off the course.

Graeme McDowell has a style of his own and has been highlighted this blog several times for his classic take on golf fashion.

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Hate to be Rude: Cutting Pebble down to size

Hate to be Rude

While the bombers cut Pebble Beach down to size, championship golf gets shortchanged in the process. Jeff Rude explains.

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Yomiuri Classic: Punching tickets for St. Andrews

Reputations and places in next month’s Open Championship are on the line at this week’s 130 million yen (about U.S. $1.4 million) Gate Way to the Open Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic.

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Australian Scott eager for Travelers debut

Adam Scott had missed the cut by one shot on Friday, yet hung around the Monterey Peninsula and was practicing Sunday afternoon. His private plane will not be ready for a few more months, so Scott chose to take the charter flight Monday provided by the Travelers Championship in Connecticut

Tuesday, June 22

Nyhus a model of poise, determination

caught up with Sue Nyhus, a legend in Utah women's golf circles, who staged her competitive comeback at the WAPL.

On a day that was all about college heroes and rising junior phenoms, Sue Nyhus quietly went to work on a second-round comeback at the Women’s Amateur Public Links.

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Jutanugarn, 14, ties scoring record at WAPL

Jutanugarn ties WAPL record

Ariya Jutanugarn, 14, tied the 36-hole scoring record Tuesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. As Julie Williams writes, it’s just another step forward for the talented teen.

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Woods own worst enemy at U.S. Open

Woods and the U.S. Open

Rarely has Tiger Woods let down his guard. As Jim McCabe writes, he seemingly talked himself into a disappointing finish at the U.S. Open.

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Review: ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011’

‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011’

When it comes to golf and gaming, it doesn’t get any more realistic than EA Sports’ ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011.’ In fact, Eric Soderstrom wonders if the Wii was made for this game.

In this issue: June 25, 2010

Inside the June 25, 2010 issue of Golfweek

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Retiree, son finish 15-year project in Michigan

Retiree with a vision

John Kazenko, an 80-year-old retired civil engineer, had no intention of taking it easy after a lifetime of building roads in Michigan. With help from his son Doug, they doggedly have carved Kirkside Golf Club from former farmland.

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Toy Box notes: Callaway lands another major

Graeme McDowell’s U.S. Open victory gave Callaway Golf its second consecutive major championship (joining Masters champion Phil Mickelson).

Dartmouth coach earns Champions spot

Rich Parker, the head men’s coach at Dartmouth College, qualified Monday for the Champions Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Parker shot a 5-under 67 at the Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin, N.Y., then had to wait four hours to learn whether he had secured the fourth and final qualifying spot.

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Dr. Truth breaks down 110th U.S. Open

answers the most pressing questions from the U.S. Open.

Can you stand the Truth? Welcome to the office of Dr. Truth, golf psychiatrist. Ask a question, if you dare.

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New releases: Ready for summer

highlights three new products that will debut this summer and garner much attention.

In today’s marketplace, new products are showcased throughout the year. With summer here, several new items are bound to garner attention from avid golfers.

Monday, June 21

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Kimberly Kim leads WAPL stroke play with 66

Kimberly Kim shot a 5-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Women’s Public Links on Monday.

Altomare wins big at Women’s Eastern Am

Brittany Altomare cruised to a 4-shot victory at the Women’s Eastern Amateur, posting a 4-under 212 to leave the majority of the field in the dust.

Moan returns to college golf as Bradley coach

After a five-year hiatus from collegiate golf, Mary Moan will assume head coaching responsibilities at Bradley University. Moan previously coached at Yale from 2000 to 2005.

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It’s time to reward elite college players

has a few suggestions to recognize the elite players in college golf.

I am the biggest college golf homer out there, but after seeing what two of the top players in the game did this week in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, well, I think it’s safe to say these kids can play.

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Winner’s Circle: June 14-20, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Youthful stars shape Cobra-Puma’s identity

says Cobra’s signing of Alexis Thompson reveals as much about the brand as the phenom’s potential.

It always helps to know who you are. A sense of identity is critical to an individual’s well being – and perhaps, even more so for a company’s brand.

Guerrero wins Southwestern Amateur after 65

Estanislao Guerrero won the Southwestern Amateur Championship June 18 with big help from a final-round 65.

Nutter, Bae claim North & South Junior titles

Jake Nutter and Sarah Bae took home the North & South Junior Championship titles on June 17 by close margins.

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Colombia Open returns to TLA schedule

The Tour de las Americas continues to bolster its schedule with the addition of the Colombia Open. The tournament is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 1.

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U.S. Open to return to Pebble Beach in 2019

The U.S. Golf Association announced that the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open will be held at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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UBS bows out as Players sponsor

Players loses sponsor

The PGA Tour has lost a primary sponsor of its flagship event. UBS, a sponsor of The Players Championship since 2005, has decided not to renew its long-term agreement. Adam Schupak reports.

Chang repeats at Southeastern Amateur

Derek Chang shot a final-round 7-under 64 June 19 to finish at 13-under 271 and repeat as the Southeastern Amateur champion.

Peterman rolls to victory at Monroe Invitational

Kyle Peterman called it a “USGA type of day” at the Monroe Invitational.

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Player of the Week: Tanner Kesterson

Tanner Kesterson, of Plano, Texas, shot 9-under 271 (69-64-70-68) at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., to win the AJGA’s FootJoy Invitational by one shot.

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Big Four go down swinging at U.S. Open

In each of the five previous majors staged at Pebble Beach Golf Links (four U.S. Opens and the 1977 PGA Championship), the “chalk” has ruled.

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After win, Miyazato takes over as World No. 1

Women’s golf has a new No. 1 player in Ai Miyazato of Japan.

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Havret shows courage before arriving at Pebble

says Gregory Havret’s U.S. Open run began far from Pebble Beach.

Gregory Havret’s improbable run never would have taken place if not for two putts holed thousands of miles from here and weeks before the U.S. Open started.

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Golf’s biggest stars fall short at Pebble Beach

When Phil Mickelson made his birdie attempt from off the green on the opening hole Sunday, the gallery roared its approval. The fans were prepared to see Lefty charge.

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McDowell’s Open win sweet on Father’s Day

McDowell wins U.S. Open

The best part of Graeme McDowell’s U.S. Open victory. As Dan Mirocha writes, it was sharing it with his father, Kenny.

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McDowell is last man standing at U.S. Open

Europe’s drought at the U.S. Open is over. Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland claimed victory as all the big names slid down the leaderboard. He’s the first European to achieve the feat since Tony Jacklin did it 40 years ago.

Europe’s stars leave Pebble empty-handed

Three Europeans are leaving the U.S. Open with different feelings after each came in believing he could be the victorious one – never thinking another lesser-known Euro would steal his glory.

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Els falters in attempt to win third Open

When the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was over, Ernie Els could say he had his chances. He, however, could not convert, which is how a little-known European named Graeme McDowell found himself holding the trophy.

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Unlikely journey lets Havret shine at Pebble

Gregory Havret likely isn’t a household name just about anywhere. But that’s bound to change with his performance Sunday at Pebble Beach.

Sunday, June 20

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McDowell thankful for the chance to compete

explains why Graeme McDowell is thankful for more than just his U.S. Open trophy.

Graeme McDowell started counting his U.S. Open blessings long before he raised the championship trophy.

Colombia Open returns to TLA schedule

The Tour de las Americas continues to bolster its schedule with the addition of the Columbia Open.

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McDowell wins U.S. Open for 1st major title

Irishman Graeme McDowell has won the U.S. Open, beating Gregory Havret by a shot at Pebble Beach. McDowell is the first European player to win the U.S. Open since 1970.

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Johnson sinks to final-round 82 at Pebble

Dustin Johnson learned holding the 54-hole lead in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach isn’t the best position to be in.

S. African Bland clinches Wales Seniors Open

John Bland and Angel Franco were neck-and-neck for most of the day Sunday at the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open.

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ShopRite victory vaults Miyazato to No. 1

Japan’s Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 64 Sunday to win the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Junior diary: Winning the state championship

It was an eventful week for me as we had our Indiana High School State Golf Championship. Heading into the week, our team was looking to defend our state championship title from last season.

Kirk closes with 64 to win Fort Smith Classic

Chris Kirk shot a 6-under 64 in the final round to win the Fort Smith Classic on Sunday.

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Miyazato wins ShopRite to become world No. 1

Japan’s Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 64 Sunday to win the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Junior Diary: Setup change sparks low round

made a change to her setup that sparked an 8-shot victory at her U.S. Girls’ Junior qualifier. Talk about a confidence builder!

Well guys, I made it, and I finally played golf that I liked!

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Brown enjoying Johnson’s U.S. Open run

explains why a win by Dustin Johnson Sunday would also be huge for his caddie, Bobby Brown.

He assures you that he knows his role and doesn’t embellish what he’s doing. “This,” said Bobby Brown, “is the Dustin Johnson show.”

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Herman flirts with record round at Pebble

says Jim Herman proved a Sunday charge at Pebble Beach isn’t out of the question.

Could someone make a Sunday charge at Pebble Beach? Jim Herman’s round would seem to say so.

S. African earns maiden LET win at Swiss Open

South African Lee-Anne Pace started Sunday two shots behind leader Vikki Laing, but put together a sting of birdies to capture the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open for her first victory on the Ladies European Tour.

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Wiegele wins St. Omer for 1st Euro crown

Martin Wiegele of Austria has captured his first European Tour title, shooting a 3-under 68 Sunday to win the Saint-Omer Open.

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Japan’s Hiratsuka claims Queen’s Cup

Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka drained a 12-foot putt on the 18th hole Sunday, avoiding a playoff and clinching the Queen’s Cup for his second Asian Tour victory of the year.

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Wiegele wins Saint-Omer Open, 1st Euro title

Martin Wiegele of Austria has captured his first European Tour title, shooting a 3-under 68 Sunday to win the Saint-Omer Open.

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Speedy Martin soaks in U.S. Open Sunday

says Pablo Martin, the first player off Sunday at the U.S. Open, played Pebble Beach in 2 hours, 39 minutes.

Pablo Martin was the first player to tee off on U.S. Open Sunday and breezed around Pebble Beach in 2 hours, 39 minutes. He left the 18th green to cheers of, “Pablo! Pablo!” after shooting 79 to finish at 27-over 311.

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Johnson takes three-stroke lead at U.S. Open

Graeme McDowell opened the day looking like someone who knows how to win the U.S. Open.

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Woods storms into contention with 66

Woods moves into contention

Tiger Woods roared back into contention Saturday at the U.S. Open, shooting a 5-under 66 to move into third place, five shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.

Sunday tee times, pairings at U.S. Open

Sunday pairings at U.S. Open

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Endless possibilities on U.S. Open Sunday

Dustin Johnson may have a three-shot lead, but don’t overlook the star power at Pebble Beach. As Dan Mirocha writes, it’s going to be a wild U.S. Open Sunday.

Saturday, June 19

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Mickelson’s 73 among Round 3 surprises

can’t help but wonder if Phil Mickelson shot himself out of another U.S. Open on Saturday.

Tiger Woods shot a laboring 66 out of nowhere. Dustin Johnson took a three-shot lead with an easy 66. Mike Weir shot 83.

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Little-known Preeo lives his dream at Pebble

says little-known Jason Preeo, who’s working hard to grow the game in Highlands Ranch, Colo., faltered Saturday at Pebble.

The U.S. Open is famous for the diversity of its field. For every Tiger Woods there is a Jason Preeo, who is unknown and probably will stay that way.

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At Pebble Beach, looks can be deceiving

Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson once called the Pebble Beach area the “most felicitous meeting of land and sea in creation.”

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Tiger’s birdie run feels like 2000 all over again

had a flashback to 2000 during Tiger Woods’ birdie run on the back nine Saturday at Pebble Beach.

Tiger Woods just made eight birdies on U.S. Open Saturday at Pebble Beach. Suddenly, out of nowhere, he gave us 66 reasons that made it seem like 2000 again.

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Hur leads Creamer by 1 at ShopRite LPGA

South Korea’s M.J. Hur has the lead after two rounds of the ShopRite LPGA Classic with comeback kid Paula Creamer right behind.

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Broadaway leads Fort Smith; Daly 4 back

John Daly was four strokes off the lead after shooting a 1-under 69 in the third round of the Fort Smith Classic on Saturday.

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USGA exec: Woods wrong to criticize greens

The USGA’s executive director says Tiger Woods was wrong to criticize the greens at Pebble Beach as "awful" after the opening round of the U.S. Open.

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Pebble’s 14th green in need of a redo

has seen enough carnage at Pebble’s 14th. It’s time for this vicious green to be rebuilt.

The 14th green is a pimple on the nose of the most beautiful woman in the world.

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Thompson MCs in pro debut at ShopRite

explains why Alexis Thompson quickly learned that it’s not all glitz and glam on the LPGA.

Alexis Thompson has no explanation for what transpired on the golf course today. Her scorecard looks bipolar.

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A closer look at where the cut fell at Pebble

takes a look at who fell above and below the cut line after the second round at Pebble.

Rumor has it that Round 3 of the U.S. Open is under way, though let’s be honest: With Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Co. hours away from their tee time, it’s more enjoyable right now to reflect upon what took place at the tail end of Friday’s second round.

Elson takes lead at Saint-Omer Open

Jamie Elson of England has shot a 3-under 68 to take the lead after the third round of the Saint-Omer Open.

Grogan resigns as Marquette head coach

Tim Grogan, head golf coach at Marquette University, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. He has spent the past 19 years at the helm of the men’s golf program, and Marquette immediately will launch a national search for his replacement.

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Jeong defeats Byrne for British Amateur title

Jeong wins British Amateur

Jin Jeong defeated Arizona State’s James Byrne, 5 and 4, in the 36-hole British Amateur final on Saturday to become the first South Korean to claim the prestigious championship. Alistair Tait reports.

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Jeong wins British Am Championship

British Am final set

James Byrne will live the dream of a lifetime – an invitation to the Masters – if he can knock off Jin Jeong in the final of the British Amateur Championship on Saturday. Alistair Tait reports.

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Jeong wins British Am Championship

Jeong became the first Asian player to reach the final of the game’s oldest amateur championship when he defeated former British Boys Champion Matthew Nixon 5&4 in the semifinals at Muirfield.

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McDowell leads Lefty, Els by 2 at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods made his first birdie at the U.S. Open without even using his putter Friday, then made another one in more traditional fashion to stay in contention in the second round.

Friday, June 18

Sorenstam signs autographs, takes in Pebble

For a few moments late in Friday’s second round of the U.S. Open, fans around the 16th and 17th holes had an abundance of major championship winners to watch.

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Mickelson earns bragging rights with 66

thinks Phil Mickelson’s 66 could have made for some interesting text messages to Tiger Woods.

Phil Mickelson had the best 2010 U.S. Open score by two strokes and the best of Friday afternoon by three. After that, he could have sent several interesting texts to Tiger Woods.

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All eyes on Mickelson entering the weekend

Phil Mickelson shot 66 Friday in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and moved into a tie for the midway lead, two strokes behind Graeme McDowell.

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At Pebble, beware the devilish par-5 14th

says Tour players typically make their hay on the par 5s. Not the 14th hole at Pebble Beach.

I recall an entertaining lunch discussion a few years ago with a very seasoned golf writer on the merits of The Players Championship and posed the question whether it would ever be, or should be, considered a major championship.

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Allenby, an Aussie exception at the U.S. Open

Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy suffered a nightmarish 79 in the opening round at Pebble Beach. He rallied with an even-par 71 on Friday, but still missed the cut. It was an all too familiar fate for the Australians in the U.S. Open field.

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Amateur Langley in the hunt at Pebble

says NCAA champ Scott Langley kept rolling at the U.S. Open, where he’s low amateur.

Scott Langley’s impressive recent play continued Friday with a second-round 69 at the U.S. Open, including two tap-in birdies on two of Pebble Beach’s most difficult holes.

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Mickelson conquers poa, back in contention

Mickelson conquers poa

Phil Mickelson didn’t make any birdies in the first round of the U.S. Open, but he more than made up for it Friday afternoon, climbing to within two shots of the lead. As Jim McCabe writes, nothing could stand in the way of this charge.

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After missed cut, Compton ponders next move

explains why it could be a while before we next see Erik Compton, who missed the cut at the U.S. Open.

It was a disappointed Erik Compton that walked out of the scorer’s trailer Friday after signing for a 10-over 81. Compton’s two-day total of 16 over was far off the cut line of 7 over, and it abruptly ended Compton’s dream of winning a U.S. Open.

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Lurking 'Lefty'

All that mattered to Phil Mickelson, left, was getting back to par. But the hard-charging left hander did one better Friday – and now finds himself trailing only Graeme McDowell, right, of Northern Ireland in his quest for an elusive U.S. Open title.

Japan runs away with Toyota Jr. Cup title

Japan claimed its third Toyota Junior Golf World Cup title Friday, beating the second-place U.S. team by 14 shots. It’s the first win for Japan in the event since 1997.

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Thompson, 15, transitions to pro ranks

says Alexis Thompson has entered the pro ranks. The question on everyone’s mind: Is she ready?

Alexis Thompson, at 15, shifts her career into another gear with her professional debut. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Daly 3 back at Nationwide’s Fort Smith Classic

John Daly shot a 2-under 68 and is three strokes off the lead after the second round of the Nationwide Tour’s Fort Smith Classic on Friday.

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Ishikawa wows with shot into 17th

can’t remember seeing a better shot in the past year than Ryo Ishikawa’s 4-iron into the 17th.

I was sitting behind the 17th tee when 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa hit a moon shot with his 4-iron that ended up about 5 feet from the hole. As the pin-seeking missile was taking forever to come down, a buddy sitting next to me, Fred Funk’s caddie Mark Long, gushed, “Unbelievable. That’s the best shot I’ve seen all year.”

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Former caddie Justesen uses local knowledge

explains why no one knows Pebble Beach better than long-hitting Erick Justesen.

“Pssst. Did you hear the one about the caddie who grabbed a club from his player, made a ferocious Dalyesque swing, sent the ball soaring into the air, and oh, by the way, scored a hole-in-one?”

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So far, so good for the 40-year-olds

likes the chances of a couple of 40-year-olds near the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard.

I don’t know if 40 is the new 30, but based on the leaderboard at 4:45 p.m. Pacific time, I have a feeling that someone 40 is going to win this U.S. Open.

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Ishikawa, 18, turning heads at Pebble Beach

says Ryo Ishikawa made a believer out of Tom Watson, who thinks the 18-year-old phenom can win this U.S. Open.

Ryo Ishikawa showed up to Pebble Beach on Thursday dressed as pink as a bottle of Pepto-Bismol. On Friday, he must have had candy canes on his mind.

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Steinhauer leads Gulbis by 1 at ShopRite

It’s somewhat appropriate that Sherri Steinhauer has the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

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Johnson seeks 1st major in familiar territory

says Dustin Johnson has a new instructor in his corner as he chases the big win at Pebble Beach.

Dustin Johnson already owns two victories at Pebble Beach. As Sean Martin writes, the long-hitter has a new instructor in his corner as he stalks the big one on a vicious U.S. Open setup.

Kesterson wins FootJoy; Paolucci falls short

One hole from capturing consecutive invitational titles, Anthony Paolucci made one of his worst swings of the week Friday on the 18th tee at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Flawless 63 propels Thaworn at Queen’s Cup

For Thaworn Wiratchant, a chance for victory at the Queen’s Cup – and a share of an Asian Tour record – could very well come at the expense of an old friend and rival.

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OSU to host Ping/Golfweek Preview

says Oklahoma State will host the Ping/Golfweek Preview in September at Karsten Creek Golf Club.

Oklahoma State, which finished the 2009-10 season No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, and reigning NCAA champion Augusta State head the 15-team field for this fall’s Ping/Golfweek Preview tournament.

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USF’s Fee vacates coaching position

Head men’s golf coach Jim Fee has been appointed the Director of Athletic Events and Championships at the University of South Florida. Fee has been at the helm of the South Florida men’s golf team since 1996.

England's Dinwiddie leads Saint-Omer Open

Robert Dinwiddie of England shot a 6-under 65 to lead by a stroke after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open.

Dinwiddie leads by 1 at Saint-Omer Open

Robert Dinwiddie of England shot a 6-under 65 to lead by a stroke after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open.

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Watering, tee changes alter Pebble for Round 2

explains how Mike Davis changed Pebble Beach for Round 2 of the U.S. Open.

The course set-up is a little different Friday than it was in the first round. The USGA watered all the greens overnight, but put additional water on the ninth and 10th greens and also parts of the third, fifth, and 16th greens due to moisture concerns on Friday morning.

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Tiger’s account of his putt at the 17th

Tiger Woods said his birdie putt on No. 17 in the first round bounced about 3 feet in the air.

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Allred leads fellow U.S. Junior champs at Pebble

explains why Jason Allred’s name might sound familiar, and what elite group he leads after one round at the U.S. Open.

There are four U.S. Junior Amateur champions in this U.S. Open: Tiger Woods, David Duval, Hunter Mahan and ... Jason Allred.

Japan runs away with Toyota Jr. Cup title

Japan claimed its third Toyota Junior Golf World Cup title Friday, beating the second-place U.S. team by 14 shots. It’s the first win for Japan in the event since 1997.

Golfweek Women's All-Americans 2010

Golfweek Women's All-Americans 2010

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Woods a little off in assessment of Round 1

takes issue with a few statements made by Tiger Woods on Thursday after an opening 74.

Just as he did the last time the U.S. Open visited Pebble Beach, in 2000, Tiger Woods left us shaking our heads Thursday.

Golfweek Men's All-Americans 2010

Golfweek Men's All-Americans 2010

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How the scoring broke down in Round 1 at Pebble

delivers some surprising stats from the first round of the U.S. Open.

Some interesting stats from the first round at Pebble Beach as we wait for Round 2 to begin.

Thursday, June 17

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Lack of birdies by Woods, Mickelson is historic

says the lack of birdies by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson wasn’t just surprising, it was historic.

Even if they didn’t know which end of the rifle to hold, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson probably would bag more birds hunting quail or pheasant than they did Thursday at Pebble Beach.

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Casey among leaders on tough day at Pebble

The scenery at Pebble Beach was as spectacular as ever. The U.S. Open was as tough as ever.

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Hoffmann, Swafford spoil round on final hole

details the final-hole disasters of amateurs Morgan Hoffmann and Hudson Swafford, both of whom held the lead Thursday.

Making a 10-foot putt on the 18th hole is usually a nice way to end the first round at U.S. Open, but Morgan Hoffmann could only raise his arms in mock celebration, then toss his ball into Stillwater Cove, after holing out Thursday afternoon.

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Observations from Round 1 of the U.S. Open

With the Monterey Peninsula enveloped in a sun-splashed, though crispy-cool day, it occurs to first-round observers of the U.S. Open that the folks in Japan might be able to see Ryo Ishikawa from their 10th-floor windows.

Daly in contention at Fort Smith Classic

John Daly is holding up his end of the bargain.

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Pappas played better than score reflects

Deane Pappas, 42, is playing in his first U.S. Open. The experience was a bit overwhelming for the Australian journeyman as he shot a 10-over 81, but if you listened to Pappas talk, he really didn’t play that badly.

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Meet golf’s lesser-known Cabrera: Rafael

says after a whirlwind start to the week, Rafael Cabrera-Bello is playing without expectations.

Once the gun goes off at the U.S. Open, this much is a given: Once play commences, there won’t be a whole lot of smiling going on.

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Poulter finds peace of mind at Pebble Beach

says Ian Poulter has the game and the right frame of mind to make a statement at Pebble Beach.

Ian Poulter has the game and the right frame of mind to make a statement at Pebble Beach – and not just with his wardrobe. As Dan Mirocha writes, Poulter may be poised for a major breakthrough.

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Mickelson goes birdieless on Day 1 at Pebble

Mickelson struggles at Pebble

Phil Mickelson failed to record a birdie and dumped two shots in the Pacific during his opening-round 75 at Pebble Beach. As Jeff Babineau writes, Lefty is now hoping his U.S. Open chances aren’t out to sea, too.

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Choi, Yang watch World Cup, tee off early

Boys will be boys. It was 4:30 a.m. PST when the Argentina vs. South Korea World Cup match kicked off. It also was the time when Y.E. Yang got up to watch his countrymen get beaten, 4-1.

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Glover puts up a fight for opening 73

Normally, 2-over par rounds don’t leave PGA Tour players smiling, but they do when they come at the U.S. Open and are capped off by one of the greatest pars Lucas Glover will ever make.

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Leon, Curran own weirdest shots of the day

describes two shots from Hugo Leon and Jon Curran that qualify for weirdest of the day.

Jon Curran stood patiently in the fairway at the 18th hole, pondering a shot that would unfortunately have to be put on hold.

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Surprises abound on Day 1 of U.S. Open

says it’s Day 1 at the U.S. Open, which means the leaderboard is dotted with pretenders and dreamers.

A moment ago, the top three lines of the leaderboard read:

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U.S. Open at Pebble Beach is all business

relays a few details that prove the U.S. Open isn’t just any old tournament at Pebble Beach.

OK, here’s the latest evidence that we’re at a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach instead of just a PGA Tour event sponsored by a telephone company.

McCarthy leads by 2 at FootJoy Invitational

With a steady hand down the stretch, Denny McCarthy moved into position for his first AJGA invitational title.

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At ShopRite, Americans coming off LPGA win

For one week, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr and the rest of the U.S. players on the LPGA Tour don’t have to answer one question: When is an American going to win this year?

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Choi continues comeback season at U.S. Open

explains why we shouldn’t be surprised by K.J. Choi's mid-round rally at the U.S. Open.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised about K.J. Choi’s comeback from a bogey-double bogey start at the U.S. Open.

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Feng rallies to win Rolex Girls by four

Feng wins back-to-back titles

Yueer Cindy Feng quickly is becoming one of the hottest players in junior golf. The 14-year-old claimed her second consecutive invitational title Thursday – the fourth of her career – at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

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First group off struggles mightily at Pebble

followed the first group off the tee at the U.S. Open. And oh, was it ugly.

Figuratively speaking, I followed players who were roughed, shanked, beached and clocked in Thursday’s opening round of the U.S. Open.

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Lengthening Pebble’s 15th came at a price

One of the best spectator viewpoints on one of the best holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links has been eliminated.

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USGA should ditch 10th-tee starts at Open

explains why 10th-tee starts have no place at the U.S. Open, especially at Pebble Beach.

I detest the 10th-tee start that was implemented by the USGA at the 2002 U.S. Open and is used every year in the national championship.

The man behind the USGA’s course selections

The rising star within the USGA hierarchy is Tom O’Toole Jr., 53, of St. Louis.

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Micheel among three tied for U.S. Open lead

Mike Weir popped the ball out of the tangled rough, watched it hit the green and fall in the hole for a birdie on No. 16 and sole possession of the U.S. Open lead.

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Daly an entertainer on and off the course

John Daly is a big hit on and off the course, with golf fans and non-golf fans alike.

Moriarty, Wiegele tied at Saint-Omer Open

Colm Moriarty of Ireland and Martin Wiegele of Austria each shot a 5-under 66 to share a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Saint-Omer Open on Thursday.

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Georgia’s Henley wins Haskins Award

University of Georgia rising senior Russell Henley is the recipient of the 2010 Haskins Award, which for 39 years has honored the nation’s most outstanding collegiate golfer.

Curran’s wayward drive may have shaken Lefty

As Phil Mickelson was making a mess of the 16th hole, Jon Curran was playing the third. Curran hit his drive onto the 16th green, and Mickelson marked it so he could play the hole.

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Enoch, Nixon united by tragedy at British Am

Rhys Enoch and Matthew Nixon have life in perspective. Losing loved ones does that for you.

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Kjeldsen latest no-name to top leaderboard

It’s not the first morning at a major Open without a temporary “Who’s He?” leaderboard and a Soren or a Hanson or both at or near the top.

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Starting on No. 10 no easy task at Pebble

says players starting the U.S. Open on No. 10 appear to be at a severe disadvantage.

File this one under the heading of “no kidding,” but starting your first round at the 10th tee is no easy assignment.

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Fashion secrets from a national champion

One would think that winning a national championship for the first time would call for some celebration. That was not the case for Purdue’s Maude-Aimee LeBlanc.

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Alternates play waiting game at U.S. Open

says the only thing U.S. Open alternates like Brad Wright can do Thursday is sit, wait and hope.

When Robert Allenby made his way to the first tee a short while ago, it wasn’t the best of news for alternate Jarrod Lyle. Allenby, a good friend of Lyle’s and a fellow Aussie who is nursing a sore, taped left wrist, was a doubtful starter, and one of the main players on Lyle’s “watch” list as he wonders if he will get a shot today to play in the 110th U.S. Open.

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USGA uses corrective hand-watering on greens

reports that with dry conditions expected, the USGA hand-watered the greens Thursday morning at Pebble Beach.

Mike Davis, the U.S. Golf Association senior director of rules and competition, has put a little water on the golf course last night and again this morning.

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Amateur diary: Adventures in Australia

is back home in Australia enjoying food, wine and Aussie football. Read about it in her diary.

As far as I’ve traveled and as long as I’ve journeyed, I still believe it’s hard to beat the smell of Australian country on a fresh winter’s day.

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Three Scots benefit from college golf in States

explains why three Scottish players at this week’s British Amateur are grateful for playing college golf in the States.

James Byrne, Jordan Findlay and Michael Stewart have benefited from playing college golf. If young Scottish golfers had any sense, then, they would follow this trio into the U.S. college ranks.

Wednesday, June 16

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Indiana players navigate pros, engagement

says former Indiana players Alex Martin and Laura Nochta are a pretty talented couple on the golf course.

Alex Martin and Laura Nochta met on the golf course, and after four years playing at Indiana, will soon start pro careers and a life together. As Julie Williams writes, they make a mean duo on the golf course.

Jutanugarn leads Rolex Girls by two

Ariya Jutanugarn took the solo lead at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship Wednesday, posting a second-consecutive 3-under 68 to go two shots up on Yueer Cindy Feng.

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Players cut short snail-paced practice round

says the pace was so slow during Wednesday’s practice round that some players just gave up.

How slow was the play Wednesday at postcard-perfect Pebble Beach? Well, Sean O’Hair and Hunter Mahan joined Eric Axley and John Rollins on the 10th tee early in the afternoon, looking to get in nine holes.

Kesterson opens two-shot lead at FootJoy

Tanner Kesterson hasn’t cracked the top 25 in two invitational starts this season.

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Tryon embraces comeback at U.S. Open

explains why former teen phenom Ty Tryon is one of the feel-good stories at this week’s U.S. Open.

Former teen phenom Ty Tryon was chipping balls onto Pebble Beach’s practice green Wednesday afternoon, making the final preparations for his first major. He sounded relieved as he ended a conversation about his first-round pairing by saying, “I’m not going to be the youngest anymore.”

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McIlroy unfazed by Open test at Pebble

says Rory McIlroy’s only exposure to Pebble Beach is via PlayStation, but he won’t be fazed by U.S. Open pressure.

Let’s be honest: The real attraction this week at the U.S. Open is these beautiful seaside links on the Monterey Peninsula.

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Atwal in good form at Pebble Beach

Arjun Atwal’s comeback trail includes a stop at his first U.S. Open. Atwal, of India, comes into Pebble Beach in good form.

Nationwide qualifiers anything but easy

One might think it’s easier to Monday qualify for a Nationwide Tour event since 14 spots are available, as opposed to just four at a PGA Tour tournament.

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Major pairing: Pebble and the U.S. Open

It’s been called the Sistine Chapel of Golf. The classic, carved along the Monterey Peninsula, hosts this week’s 110th U.S. Open. Golf360 takes you there to relive its major moments – and chronicle the world’s best players who intend to create their own.

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Pebble deserves to host Open every 5 years

draws on a handful of memories to prove Pebble Beach should host the U.S. Open every five years.

I love Pebble Beach, you love Pebble Beach, the sea lions and sea gulls love Pebble Beach, Arnold Schwarzenegger loves Pebble Beach, everybody and everything loves Pebble Beach.

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Daly returns to Arkansas to help N’wide event

John Daly is back in Arkansas this week, playing in the Nationwide Tour’s Fort Smith Classic.

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Harman still trying to find his way as a pro

Brian Harman was hoping his first-ever trip to Arkansas would last a while - at least a week, anyway.

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Forty-nine players making U.S. Open debuts

explains why the USGA’s David Fay should be particularly pleased with this year’s U.S. Open field.

There is no end to the numbers that are of importance for this week’s U.S. Open, including 7,040 (as in course yardage), 71 (par), 15 (Tiger Woods’ margin of victory 10 years ago), and 2019 (the announced year when the national chamionship will return here).

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World Cup fever breaks out at U.S. Open

It doesn’t matter what continent you are on, everybody’s talking about the FIFA World Cup – even U.S. Open competitors at Pebble Beach.

Bush named head coach at UNLV

Amy Bush has been named the third UNLV head women’s golf coach in history, the school announced June 15.

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Lyle prepared to enter U.S. Open field

says first alternate Jarrod Lyle is pacing the grounds at Pebble, hoping a spot opens up in the field.

It’s a clear, sunny morning here, the kind of day when the views of Stillwater Cove are at their best.

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Hallowed Muirfield to crown British Am champ

Take your pick of possible winners of this week’s British Amateur Championship. There are lots to choose from.

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U.S. Open to return to Pebble Beach in 2019

reports that Pebble Beach Golf Links will host the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open.

The U.S. Golf Association announced Wednesday that the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open will be held at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Challenge Tour players covet St. Omer title

With the world’s best seeking a U.S. Open title, Challenge Tour No. 1 Robert Dinwiddie is chasing his own special prize this week at the St. Omer Open: A European Tour card.

Rookie diary: Preparing for the Jamie Farr

spent an interesting few days with a group of LPGA tour caddies.

Yesterday I attempted to Monday qualify again for the LPGA event this week, the ShopRite LPGA Classic. I gave it a great effort and shot even-par 71, but missed a two-way playoff for the last spot by one shot.

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ShopRite features Creamer’s return; teen debut

American women’s golf gets a much-needed jolt this week on the shores of New Jersey.

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Ching, compatriots fall in British Am matches

Ching falls to Lewis

Even with his college coach on the bag, San Diego's Alex Ching couldn't knock off Tom Lewis in British Amateur match play. Alistair Tait has the details from the first round of head-to-head combat at Muirfield.

In this issue: June 18, 2010

Inside the June 18, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

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Fairway fashion at Pebble Beach

U.S. Open week is one of the four weeks in golf that we all get giddy over. But this isn’t just any U.S. Open – this is the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Henley, Gregory take top Golfweek honors

Henley, Gregory earn awards

Golfweek’s season-ending honors in men’s golf have found a home in the Peach State as Georgia’s Russell Henley and Augusta State coach Josh Gregory take top accolades.

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Police arrest suspect in Rodriguez robbery

Puerto Rico police say they have arrested the main suspect in the robbery inside the home of golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez.

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Hate to be Rude: Trying to ace Pebble’s test

Hate to be Rude

Want a tip when it comes to predicting a U.S. Open winner? As Jeff Rude explains, it’s all about pedigree at Pebble Beach.

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Aussie trio begins U.S. Open quest together

Australian golf fans will be able to keep tabs on their native sons during the U.S. Open with relative ease this week. The very best from Down Under have been conveniently paired together.

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Ishikawa, McIlroy face Pebble showdown

Ryo Ishikawa will lock horns with young rival Rory McIlroy in the opening two rounds of this week’s U.S. Open Championship.

Tuesday, June 15

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Player of the Week: Mariah Stackhouse

Mariah Stackhouse, of Riverdale, Ga., shot 3-over 219 (76-74-69) at Steelwood Country Club in Loxley, Ala., and won the AJGA Junior at Steelwood in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Jimmy Beck

Jimmy Beck, of Columbus, Ga., shot 5-under 211 (67-76-68) at Steelwood Country Club in Loxley, Ala., to win the AJGA Junior at Steelwood by two shots.

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New grooves putting premium on accuracy

says that while the War on Grooves may be ongoing, the new regulations appear to achieve their stated objective.

So, Mr. Grooves Man, are we winning the war on grooves?

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Feng among three tied for Rolex Girls lead

With the first round in the books at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, three players are tied atop a leaderboard loaded with red numbers.

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Westwood still searching for major title

It’s only a matter of time before Lee Westwood wins a major – or so the theory goes.

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Much has changed since Tiger’s 2000 triumph

The one shot that got so much attention during practice 10 years ago at Pebble Beach was a 4-iron that Tiger Woods hit so high, so straight, so flush that it landed softly near the pin on a brick-hard green at the par-3 12th.

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Ogilvy prepares early, beats midweek jam

relays Geoff Ogilvy’s idea to ease the practice-round congestion at future U.S. Opens.

U.S. Golf Association officials had better prepare for a different look to future practice rounds at the U.S. Open, should Geoff Ogilvy win this year’s party.

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Without rain, Pebble Beach could get ‘tricky’

explains why Phil Mickelson said he was ‘concerned’ with the conditions at this year’s U.S. Open.

How difficult will Pebble Beach play this week? It’s always difficult to tell.

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Pebble has its defenses up for U.S. Open

says Pebble Beach is a test of golf on the grandest scale. Another runaway victory isn’t likely this year.

Pebble Beach isn’t just a breathtaking setting for a U.S. Open, it’s a test of golf on the grandest scale. As Jim McCabe writes, another runaway victory isn’t likely this year.

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Rater’s notebook: The Patriot Golf Club

Maj. Dan Rooney makes for a good story. His golf course, The Patriot Golf Club, might make for a better one.

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Rooney changing lives at helm of Folds of Honor

Folds of Honor Foundation

Maj. Dan Rooney, using golf as his vehicle, pilots the Fold of Honor Foundation that has raised millions for survivors of fallen troops. Jeff Babineau reports.

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Boonchu heading for Samui showpiece

Veteran Boonchu Ruangkit will be aiming to hand out a golfing lesson to his young rivals in this week's Queen’s Cup.

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Toy Box notes: Grooves? What grooves?

Scott Langley, the NCAA individual champion from the University of Illinois, played old grooves to win the national championship, then switched to new grooves the next week to win his U.S. Open sectional qualifier.

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Indonesia Open readies for its OneAsia debut

Enjoy Jakarta will continue its association with professional golf in the region as presenting sponsor for the Indonesia Open, which makes its debut on the OneAsia schedule next month.

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Paolucci, Kang start strong at FootJoy

With his maiden AJGA victory out of the way, Anthony Paolucci can turn his attention to bigger, more important matters.

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Hu among match-play qualifiers at British Am

Hu advances at British Am

The match-play field is set for the British Amateur Championship, and among those who could contend for the title is China’s Mu Hu. As Alistair Tait writes, wouldn’t that be a trophy engraver’s dream?

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Staff picks: U.S. Open

weighs in with its U.S. Open picks and predictions. Hey, Lee Westwood . . . prepare your winner’s speech.

Golfweek staff weighs in with its U.S. Open picks and predictions. Hey, Lee Westwood . . . prepare your winner’s speech.

China's Hu advances at British Am

At least two people at the British Amateur Championship are hoping China’s Mu Hu builds on his fine play in stroke-play qualifying and goes on to lift the oldest amateur trophy in golf. There’s the man himself, and the Amateur Championship trophy engraver.

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Five amateurs to watch at the U.S. Open

offers five amateurs who could make a significant impact this week at the U.S. Open.

There are 10 amateurs in the field this week at Pebble Beach. Here are five to keep an eye on:

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Who should win the Haskins Award?

wonders who is truly the player of the year in college golf. One award remains: Make your vote for the Haskins Award!

Last year, there was little doubt that North Carolina State’s Matt Hill was an easy selection for Player of the Year. Hill won eight times and capped his terrific sophomore season with victories at the ACC Championship, NCAA Central Regional and the NCAA Championship. Hill joined Tiger Woods as the players to win a conference, NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship title in the same season.

ASU’s Gregory wins GCAA coaching award

The Golf Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday the six coaches who have received the Eaton Golf Pride Dave Williams Coach of the Year Award.

Videos on DVD: Golf's grand library

takes a look at golf's grand library on DVD.

Golf videos are everywhere. Formerly sold in VHS format, they are now primarily available as DVDs. Subjects range from instruction to entertainment to history.

Curran, Nyhus to take the lead at Utah Valley

Utah Valley University has announced that former women’s head coach Chris Curran will lead the men’s program in the fall as former BYU head coach Sue Nyhus takes the reigns of the women’s program.

Monday, June 14

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Last-minute change works well for Compton

explains how an equipment change helped Erik Compton qualify for the U.S. Open.

Erik Compton is a compelling golfer.

LSU transfer Looper wins Louisiana Amateur

LSU senior transfer Ken Looper has won the state’s top amateur golf title, firing a final-round 4-under 67 at Koasati Pines at Coushatta Golf Club.

Matthews, Schleicher lead Michigan Open

Andy Matthews of Ada and Erik Schleicher of Grosse Pointe Shores are tied at 7 under par to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Michigan Open at Orchard Lake.

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Erin Hills to be picked for 2017 U.S. Open

wonders if Erin Hills can emulate Pebble Beach as a can’t-live-without-you site for the U.S. Open.

The U.S. Golf Association will announce on Wednesday that the 2017 U.S. Open has been awarded to Erin Hills Golf Course, located 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

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Rachel Jennings (NR, 2010) commits to Texas A&M

has given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M.

Rachel Jennings, a member of the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team, has given a verbal commitment to attend Texas A&M beginning in January.

FSU freshman Hebert to transfer

Florida State freshman Michael Hebert, who earlier this month helped lead the Seminoles to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championship, will not return to school in the fall.

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Sponsorless St. Jude Classic is seeking a miracle

says organizers of the St. Jude Classic are searching near and far for a title sponsor to keep the event alive.

While tournament director Phil Cannon conducted a brief interview during the first round of the St. Jude Classic, he munched on a banana with a scoop of nutella. Who has time for a full meal when the future of your tournament is at stake?

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Winner’s Circle: June 7-13, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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European Tour expands its reach to Turkey

The European Tour is stretching its tournament borders yet again and adding to its property portfolio with a move into Belek, Turkey – a fast-growing international golf destination.

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Korda (No. 2, 2011) undecided about college

remains undecided about college.

Jessica Korda, a member of the winning Curtis Cup team, remains undecided about college.

Junior Fantasy picks: FootJoy, Rolex Girls

There’s plenty at stake this week on the junior circuit, where Justin Thomas looks to repeat at the FootJoy Invitational and Yueer Cindy Feng goes for consecutive invitational titles at the Rolex Girls. Our Golfweek staffers make their picks for the week:

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3M Championship to offer free admission

The Champions Tour’s 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn., struck a chord with fans last year with an appealing offer: Free admission.

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Mickelson struggles in British Am stroke play

British Am stroke play

It was a rough day for Tim Mickelson as he posted an 81 during the first round of British Amateur stroke-play qualifying. As Alistair Tait writes, the San Diego coach will need some magic to advance to match play alongside the young guns.

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Westwood taking it easy after St. Jude win

says Lee Westwood was still surprised by his St. Jude win upon arriving at Pebble Beach.

Unlike most U.S. Open venues, Pebble Beach is a true resort, so there are shops and restaurants on property. The practice putting green actually is surrounded by some of the shops on two sides, and the lodge where many of the players will stay this week is on another.

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Q&A: Clampett has long history at Pebble

caught up with Bobby Clampett, who has a long history at Pebble Beach.

Bobby Clampett has a long history at Pebble Beach. He grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach, Calif. Clampett won two California Amateurs (1980, ’78) at Pebble Beach and competed in two U.S. Opens there. He tied for third in 1982, when he was a young phenom out of BYU, and improbably tied for 37th in 2000. The latter performance came after he had quit competitive golf and was working as a CBS commentator. He had to make it through sectional qualifying to get in the field, and was on the leaderboard after a first-round 68.

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Plenty of familiarity in return to Pebble

ran into a familiar face at a local Starbucks in Pebble Beach – former Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman.

The best part about coming to Pebble Beach is that I know where everything is, mainly because we cover the AT&T every year.

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Kerr wins State Farm in Monday finish

Cristie Kerr has won the rain-delayed LPGA State Farm Classic by one shot over Anna Nordqvist and Na Yeon Choi.

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Pebble Beach seduces with risk/reward

takes a closer look at the risk/reward nature of Pebble Beach.

The power of Pebble Beach: So much natural beauty, so many risk/reward options. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Three eras intersected at ‘wildest Open ever’

Open at Cherry Hills had it all

Fifty years ago, three legends – Hogan, Palmer and Nicklaus – converged at Cherry Hills. One improbable final-round surge crowned a king. Jim McCabe explains.

Sunday, June 13

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Davis’ eye for course setup crucial for USGA

Mike Davis profile

Mike Davis plots strategic flexibility on the USGA’s championship courses

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Pebble Beach rarely short on excitement

Pebble Beach delivers

From Nicklaus to Watson to Woods, amazing things happen when the U.S. Open is staged at Pebble Beach. Jim McCabe explains why this venue holds a firm spot in the history of the game.

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2000: Woods’ dominance still resonates

2000 U.S. Open review

A decade later, Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open performance at Pebble Beach is still remarkable. John Hawkins explains.

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Dry weather greets players at Pebble Beach

spent a sun-drenched Sunday watching players warm up for the U.S. Open.

This is certainly not the Pebble Beach these guys see in February. The forecast this week calls for just a 10-percent chance of precipitation, including next Monday for you playoff lovers. Bottom line: The U.S. Open could be 100-percent dry.

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Can Tiger make more magic at Pebble?

says Tiger Woods' awe-inspiring 2000 romp at Pebble could serve as something of a 15th club this week.

Few can forget what happened last time Tiger Woods played a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000. Jeff Rude examines Tiger's history at Pebble, and wonders if it will provide the setting for his fourth U.S. Open victory.

Top JUCO player Ancer signs with Oklahoma

Abraham Ancer, the country’s top junior college player, has signed a financial-aid agreement to play at Oklahoma.

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Kerr tied atop State Farm; Monday finish

The weather-plagued LPGA State Farm Classic at Panther Creek Country Club has been delayed again, with the final round being pushed back until Monday.

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Mediate awarded final Open spot

reports that Rocco Mediate, the first alternate out of Columbus, was added to the field at Pebble Beach.

Turns out that 6-for-5 playoff at last Monday’s U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, wasn’t necessary after all. That’s because the guy who got ousted, Rocco Mediate, is now back in this week’s national championship.

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CHAT REPLAY: Swafford, Henley at Pebble

Swafford, Henley from Pebble

Georgia teammates Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley, who are playing in the U.S. Open this week, chatted live Wednesday on Golfweek.com. Click here for a replay.

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Hole to watch: No. 6 at Pebble Beach

says keep an eye on the par-5 sixth hole at Pebble Beach, which is as lovely as it is difficult.

This par-5, 519-yard hole at Pebble Beach is as lovely as it is difficult

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Garrigus collapses; Westwood wins St. Jude

Lee Westwood has won the St. Jude Classic for his second career PGA Tour victory and first since 1998, beating Swede Robert Karlsson on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday.

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Q&A: Watson recalls ‘love affair’ with Pebble

spoke to Tom Watson about his 1982 U.S. Open victory and ‘love affair’ with Pebble Beach.

Tom Watson, at 60, rekindles 'love affair' with fifth U.S. Open start at Pebble Beach

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A look back: Pebble’s other U.S. Opens

remembers the drama that surrounded the 1972, 1982 and 1992 U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach.

If the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was known for Tiger’s 15-stroke rout, then ’72 was about Nicklaus-Palmer drama and the 1-iron, ’82 about the chip-in and ’92 about a Kite going low in the wind.

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Tradition trumps tears for Team GB&I

says despite tears Sunday, Team GB&I doesn’t want Europe at the Curtis Cup.

Sally Watson is the lone veteran of the GB&I team and might actually play a third Curtis Cup before her amateur career is over. She’s the perfect one to ask if it’s time for Europe to join the party.

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Hudson rallies to win Sunnehanna Amateur

Hudson wins Sunnehanna

Bobby Hudson, a rising senior at Texas, rallied to win the Sunnehanna Amateur on Sunday, shooting 66 to move past overnight leader Brad Benjamin.

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Ranking the class of 2010

asked the experts to rank the class of 2010. See which golfers came out on top.

Now that the NCAA Championship is over, it’s time for many players to begin their professional careers. In other sports, we get the excitement and hoopla of a draft. Not golf.

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U.S. rolls to dominate Curtis Cup title

U.S. wins Curtis Cup

The United States retained the Curtis Cup on Sunday at Essex County Club. As Jim McCabe writes, it wasn’t even close.

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Bjorn wins Estoril Open to end 4-year skid

Thomas Bjorn emerged from a four-year title drought to win the Estoril Open by five shots on Sunday.

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Kerr takes solo State Farm lead with 63

Cristie Kerr has finished her rain-delayed third round with a 63 at the LPGA State Farm Classic.

Saturday, June 12

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Day 2 run gives USA 5-point Curtis Cup lead

A day after a shaky start, the United States swept all six matches at the Curtis Cup on Saturday to take an 8 1/2 to 3 1/2 lead over Great Britain and Ireland.

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USA overpowering on Day 2 of Curtis Cup

USA overpowering on Day 2

Team USA swept all six matches and took a commanding five-point lead Saturday at the Curtis Cup. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, the Americans have turned a surprise party into a snoozer.

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Kerr tied for lead at rain-delayed State Farm

The third round of the LPGA State Farm Classic has been postponed Saturday because of thunderstorms.

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Garrigus takes first solo Tour lead in Memphis

Robert Garrigus shot a 4-under 66 to break out of a pack and grab a two-stroke lead Saturday over Robert Karlsson after three rounds of the St. Jude Classic.

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WPT partnership hits close to home for Wade

says LPGA rookie Whitney Wade has a unique sponsor in West Point Thoroughbreds.

Whitney Wade’s Kentucky roots are taking hold when it comes to sponsorship of her budding LPGA career.

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Benjamin retains 3-shot lead at Sunnehanna

Brad Benjamin prides himself in being a player “who doesn’t stomp on your own foot when you don’t have to.”

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Bjorn opens up three-shot lead in Portugal

Thomas Bjorn of Denmark shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead over streaking Richard Green of Australia at the Estoril Open on Saturday.

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USA’s morning sweep brings back the bravado

says Team USA perked up after sweeping morning four-balls at the Curtis Cup.

Noreen Mohler, the U.S. team captain, wasn’t worried at all after Day 1 of the Curtis Cup.

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USA sweeps four-balls for Curtis Cup lead

Team USA retakes lead

Trailing after Day 1 of the Curtis Cup for the first time since 1996, Team USA (with Stephanie Kono) bounced back to sweep the morning four-ball matches Saturday and take a two-point lead. Jim McCabe reports.

Colorado leaves Big 12 for Pac-10 Conference

The Pac-10 Conference announced Thursday that the University of Colorado has agreed to leave the Big 12 and join its conference.

Friday, June 11

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Wilkinson’s missed cut costs him Tour card

explains why Tim Wilkinson’s missed cut at the St. Jude was especially painful.

As missed cuts go, Tim Wilkinson’s stung worse than most. It cost him his PGA Tour card.

Junior diary: A U.S. Open dream dashed

nearly punched his ticket to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Read about it in his junior diary.

I hope everyone had a great week. I had a good week of practice in preparation for my U.S. Open sectional qualifier in St. Louis.

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McVeigh overcomes tragedy to pace GB&I

GB&I leads after Day 1

Danielle McVeigh, playing only a month after her father died of spinal cancer, led Great Britain and Ireland to a surprising one-point lead over Team USA after Day 1 of the Curtis Cup. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Hur holds one-shot lead at State Farm

M.J. Hur had two chip-in birdies in a second consecutive 6-under 66 that gave her a one-shot lead over Amy Yang after the second round of the LPGA’s State Farm Classic on Friday.

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GB&I leads Team USA by 1 at Curtis Cup

GB&I leads Curtis Cup

Great Britain and Ireland hasn't won the Curtis Cup since 1996, but the team took a step toward snapping that streak Friday. With Day One in the books, the visitors have a one point lead on Team USA.

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Westwood, Willis share St. Jude Classic lead

Englishman Lee Westwood birdied his final three holes and grabbed a share of a one-stroke lead Friday with Garrett Willis after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.

U.S. Open pairings

Pairings for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, to be played June 17-20 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (all times EDT)

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Publinx champ Benjamin leads Sunnehanna

How does a player shoot 63 on a difficult layout like Sunnehanna Country Club? It’s pretty easy when he hits 13 fairways and 18 greens.

Rookie diary: Maintaining a busy schedule

is managing a busy schedule that has her splitting time between three tours.

Considering my last actual tournament was the LET event in Germany, (besides U.S. Open qualifying), it feels like I haven’t actually competed in a while.

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Woods paired with Els at Pebble

Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of next week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with a familiar foe.

Junior diary: Learning from the playoff loss

had a great time at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities, despite losing in a sudden-death playoff.

I had such an exciting week in Illinois for the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities. It all started when I got to drive through Peoria with my permit.

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Rolex Girls Junior Championship preview

Tanco, Feng headline Rolex

Nothing says excitement like an AJGA invitational. Victoria Tanco, Yueer Cindy Feng and Alison Lee will headline the Rolex Girls Junior Championship when it hits Hilton Head, S.C., next week. Julie Williams previews the action.

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Bjorn, Del Moral tied for lead at Estoril Open

Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Carlos Del Moral of Spain share the lead at 12 under after the second round of the Estoril Open at Penha Longa.

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FootJoy Invitational preview

FootJoy Invitational preview

Many of the top juniors will compete this week at the AJGA FootJoy Invitational, the fourth major of the season and the only one in which the winner receives an exemption on the PGA Tour. Ryan Lavner previews the action.

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It’s a new game for James Morrison

Morrison finding success

James Morrison will play in his first major next week at the U.S. Open, which also happens to be his first tournament on U.S. soil. As Alistair Tait writes, this Englishman is on the right track.

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USA, GB&I tied after 1st session at Curtis Cup

Curtis Cup tied early

Team USA and Great Britain & Ireland played to a tie during the morning foursomes Friday at the Curtis Cup. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

Curtis Cup needs more than just claps

With today marking the start of both the Curtis Cup and the world’s most popular sports event – the World Cup – I am a little bummed here at Essex County Club.

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How Mediate could still get into U.S. Open

Rocco Mediate was the odd man out in a six-for-five playoff at Monday’s U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

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PGA Tour eyes more fan-friendly product

reports on the proposals that could make the PGA Tour more enjoyable for fans next year.

Several proposals that could make the PGA Tour more enjoyable for fans are closer to becoming reality next season, writes Sean Martin.

Thursday, June 10

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Westwood opens with 63 at St. Jude Classic

Lee Westwood took advantage of no wind and a rain-softened course to shoot a 7-under 63 Thursday that equaled his best PGA Tour round and gave him a one-stroke lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.

Lance wins big at Women’s Southern Am

Ashley Lance, a rising junior at Ole Miss, won the Women’s Southern Amateur June 4 by a landslide.

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Feng leads Inkster at State Farm Classic

Shanshan Feng made five early birdies and shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday, taking a one-stroke lead over Juli Inkster and Na Yeon Choi after the first round of the State Farm LPGA Classic.

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Teens Cantlay, Paolucci lead at Sunnehanna

It was a day for high schoolers Thursday in the first round of the Sunnehanna Amateur. An 18-year-old and a 14-year-old – yes, 14 – are near the top of the leaderboard in the 57th edition of the event.

Komline claims New Jersey Amateur title

Two-time New Jersey Open champion Brian Komline finally has won the state amateur title.

Q&A: Dunning Sportswear founder Ralph Dunning

Dunning Sportswear is carried throughout North America at private clubs, resorts, menswear specialty retailers and department stores. It’s also available online at www.dunningsportswear.com.

Curtis Cup pairings: Friday morning foursomes

Pairings for the morning foursomes at the 2010 Curtis Cup Match, which begins Friday, June 11, at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

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Song’s Curtis Cup motto: ‘Kick some butts’

Curtis Cup starts Friday

Team USA’s Jennifer Song was the first to throw down the verbal gauntlet at the 2010 Curtis Cup, which starts Friday. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Harrington fires 65 on injured knee

says opponents still should fear Padraig Harrington, despite his injured knee.

One day after being allowed to skip Wednesday’s pro-am for medical reasons, Padraig Harrington fired a 5-under 65 in the opening round of the St. Jude Classic

Let the conference domino effect begin

isn’t worried about college golf as conferences realign, but explains what scenario could spell trouble.

Shocking news out of Augusta, Ga., and just a few days removed from winning the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, the Jaguars have decided to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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McGrane, Goddard share lead in Portugal

Damien McGrane of Ireland and Luke Goddard of England shot 8-under 64s to share the lead after the first round of the Estoril Open on Thursday.

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Langley to replace Garza on Palmer Cup team

The good news just keeps rolling in for Scott Langley.

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Weather may play into Team USA’s favor

says Team USA may have an advantage with rainy weather expected at the Curtis Cup.

Whoever said the United States had a home-course advantage at the Curtis Cup may be wrong.

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A letter to the GCAA pace-of-play panel

was so surprised the GCAA formed a panel to discuss pace of play, he wrote them a letter.

The GCAA has formed a panel to look into slow play? Really?

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Levin shows off professionalism

For those of you who might have questioned Nathan Green’s view of U.S. Open qualifying, I present Spencer Levin.

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Complete 2010 U.S. Open coverage

2010 U.S. Open

Golfweek.com will be on the ground at Pebble Beach to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 U.S. Open. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Pebble Beach, Calif.

Wednesday, June 9

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Busy Spieth ready for another Tour twirl

says Jordan Spieth is back on Tour this week. Don’t worry, he’s made up all that missed schoolwork.

When arguably the best baseball player of my generation, Ken Griffey Jr., a guy nicknamed “The Kid,” retired last week, I officially felt old.

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Actor Wahlberg breaks 100 at Pebble Beach

Actor Mark Wahlberg broke 100 in the U.S. Open Challenge from the championship tees at Pebble Beach Golf Links on a windy Wednesday afternoon.

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Weak field paves way for hopefuls in Portugal

The minnows get their moment. That’s one way of looking at this week’s Estoril Open de Portugal on the European Tour.

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White-out works for Augusta State at NCAAs

Augusta State won its first NCAA Championship last weekend, and the team’s golf wasn't the only thing that stood out.

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Will the British Amateur yield another wunderkind?

Spots in this year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews and next year’s Masters await the last man standing at Muirfield next week when the 114th British Amateur Championship reaches its conclusion.

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No. 1 Shin WDs for emergency surgery

Jiyai Shin, the top-ranked player in the Rolex World Rankings, withdrew Wednesday from the LPGA State Farm Classic to undergo emergency surgery for an appendicitis.

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Rankings: Memorial win catapults Rose

Fowler shot 73 to finish three shots behind, but broke into the Official World Golf Ranking Top 50 at No. 32. Rose moved back into the Top 50 with a 33 spot jump to No. 33.

20-somethings making their mark worldwide

Young golf talent is flourishing worldwide, and Justin Rose’s win at the Memorial on Sunday is another case in point.

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Surf Coast staging aims to be a 'Knockout' event

An innovative PGA of Australasia tournament – merging two competitive formats – is capturing attention within the golf industry.

Rookie diary: How PGA Tour pros travel

had a really busy week. Read about it in his rookie diary.

Last time I checked in, I had just finished up at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio and also flown in a T-38 Talon at Randolph Air Force Base. A lot has happened since then, so here we go…

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Experts will convene to address pace of play

The epidemic of slow play in college golf has brought the game’s decision makers to a slow burn.

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Shin WDs for emergency surgery

The LPGA begins Thursday five straight weeks of action with the 35th annual State Farm Classic. The tournament, held in Springfield, Ill., since 1973 will be held at the 6,746-yard Panther Creek Country Club, which plays host to the $1.7 million event for the fourth consecutive year. Previously, the State Farm had a 31-year run at the Rail Golf Course.

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UST Mamiya merger gains market traction

Imported goods often carry a certain panache in the eyes of consumers. Americans who’ve gravitated toward brands such as Heineken, Mercedes-Benz and Louis Vuitton know all too well of that exotic allure. It’s an aura that can cast a favorable light on golf products, too - such as shafts.

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Toy Box notes: Rose gets help from a Ghost

says Justin Rose became the first player to win with TaylorMade’s new white Rossa Ghost putter.

Justin Rose became the first player to win with TaylorMade’s new white Rossa Ghost putter.

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BMW winner Khan gets into U.S. Open

Thanks to Justin Rose winning the Memorial, Simon Khan of England gets to play in the U.S. Open.

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Fantasy Aces: St. Jude Classic

Golfweek’s Fantasy Aces make their picks for the St. Jude Classic.

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Woods to play in Ireland pro-am next month

Tiger Woods will play his first tournament outside of the United States this year at a charity pro-am in Ireland.

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Player of the Week: Stewart Jolly

Stewart Jolly, of Birmingham, Ala., shot 10-under 134 (64-70) at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., to win the SJGT’s Vestavia Junior Classic by six shots.

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Player of the Week: Janie Jackson

Janie Jackson, of Huntsville, Ala., shot 6-over 150 (71-79) at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., to win the SJGT’s Vestavia Junior Classic by 10 shots.

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Curtis Cup returns to its ancestral homeland

One of amateur golf's most prestigious events, pitting the U.S. women's team against its GB&I counterparts, begins Friday at Essex Country Club, a Donald Ross classic steeped in Curtis Cup tradition.

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China pioneer Lin takes center stage at Wenzhou

She may not be expecting to be among the challengers in this week's China LPGA Tour event, but the mere appearance of pioneering Lin Shao-ru is a bonus for organisers of the US$50,000 Orient Wenzhou Championship and China golf fans.

Tuesday, June 8

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Poulter talks fashion, plays Wii on ‘Fallon’

enjoyed watching Ian Poulter talk fashion and play Wii on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

You know you’ve made a mark when you’re asked to be a guest on a late night TV show. Ian Poulter was a guest Monday on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

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‘Big 3’ try to raise big bucks for charity

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player individually remain big draws. Teamed together, the trio are mesmerizing and know how to harness that star power to generous effect.

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Memphis blues: WDs stack up at St. Jude

says there will be a winner of St. Jude Classic on Sunday. That is, if anyone cares to play.

They will name a winner of the St. Jude Classic on Sunday. That is, if anyone cares to play for the $1.08 million winner’s check.

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Bonding over moments shared with sons

Father-son moments

There is no image more priceless than a father with his son. As Jim McCabe writes, Jack Nicklaus and Justin Rose know the feeling.

Staff picks: Curtis Cup

Golfweek writers pick the winner of the Curtis Cup.

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Jack, Annika want to build Olympic course

Jack, Annika to team up?

Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam, who championed Olympic golf in 2016, want to build the course where the game’s return to the Summer Games will be staged.

Meet the U.S. and GB&I Curtis Cup teams

Meet the eight players on Team USA and Team GB&I.

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Woods to play Australian Masters

Tiger Woods will return Down Under to defend his title at the Australian Masters.

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Amateur diary: Castles, singing and sushi

ate dinner in a creepy ‘castle,’ then finished fourth at the Colorado Open. Read about it in her diary.

I do most of my writing while I’m travelling. I don’t know if it’s because the not-so-soothing sound of an engine brings out my pensive reflections or whether it’s the only time I truly get to sit back and let the week’s events digest.

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Blades & musclebacks: In search of more control

explains how blades and slingbacks offer better distance control and maneuverability.

Looking for better distance control and maneuverability? Blades and slingbacks could be the answer.

Monday, June 7

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Pebble: Rickie, Rocco, Rose out

It takes a lot to leave Rocco Mediate speechless. But losing out in a playoff to get into the U.S. Open does the trick.

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Wild ride earns Compton U.S. Open berth

details Erik Compton’s wild ride that ended in his first U.S. Open berth.

Sunday was not very kind to Erik Compton and the disappointment was a clear to see. After making the cut on the number Friday at The Memorial, Compton shot 72-82 on the weekend to finish last, 29 shots behind winner Justin Rose.

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With balky putter, Pavin misses Open chance

Corey Pavin hasn’t played in the U.S. Open since 2006, and thanks to a shaky putter, he’s going to have to keep waiting.

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Cowboys QB Romo WDs from Open qualifier

Tony Romo has withdrawn from a U.S. Open sectional qualifier after it was delayed for the second time due to bad weather.

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Winner’s Circle: May 31-June 6, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Watches, golfers make for a timeless pairing

says there’s an obvious reason why watchmakers prefer pro golfers to endorse their craftsmanship.

Suzann Pettersen no longer will have an excuse if she’s put on the clock for slow play. The Norwegian LPGA star just signed an endorsement deal with Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer.

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Monty in, Manassero out for British Open

Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie clinched a spot in the British Open at St. Andrews in July.

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Tradition, strategy abound at Curtis Cup venue

Essex Country Club

One of amateur golf’s most prestigious events returns to its ancestral homeland this month. The Curtis Cup sets up shop June 11-13 at the venerable Essex County Club, 30 miles northeast of Boston.

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Schock creates golf wonderland in Nebraska

Meet Paul Schock

Meet Paul Schock, a Nebraska native and avid golfer who elevated a remote corner of his home state into a golf wonderland when he built the Prairie Club.

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U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying results

Sectional Qualifying results

A total of 13 sectional qualifiers took place Monday, with approximately 90 qualifying spots available for next week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

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U.S. Open qualifiers bring unique outlook

U.S. Open sectional qualifying

While many touring pros skipped Monday’s U.S. Open sectional qualifier, some relative unknowns, such as Kevin Hayashi (pictured), emerged and offered a little perspective. Jim McCabe reports.

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Which Rickie/Ricky do you prefer?

wonders who had the better style Sunday – Rickie Fowler or Ricky Barnes?

You didn’t have to be watching the PGA Tour coverage of The Memorial Tournament long to notice the young guns in their flamboyant clothes. Especially Rickie and Ricky. Not only were they battling for a win, but they were showing off their love for flair, too.

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Prairie Club delivers pure Sand Hills experience

Experience the Prairie Club

The Prairie Club in remote Valentine, Neb., is a $34 million project with only $6 million in debt. How did it attract investors? By not being another real-estate play aimed at the mass golf market.

CSU Bakersfield to reinstate golf programs

Cal State Bakersfield announced that it will reinstate its men’s and women’s golf programs this fall.

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Curtis sisters significant for more than golf

Curtis sisters profile

The Curtis Cup returns this week to Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., where Harriot and Margaret Curtis learned to play the game. Jim McCabe reports.

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Complete Curtis Cup coverage

Curtis Cup

Golfweek.com is at the Essex County Club to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 Curtis Cup. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

World Matchplay to return to Euro Tour in ’11

The Volvo World Matchplay Championship will return to the European Tour schedule in 2011 after a year’s absence.

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Player of the week: Scott Langley, Illinois

The Fighting Illini junior carded rounds of 70-68-68 to win the NCAA individual title on June 3, beating San Diego’s Alex Ching and Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein by two strokes at The Honors Course. Langley, whose previous best finish this season was three runners-up, finished at 10-under 206. He posted his worst performance of the season at the Big Ten Championship, where he finished 23th, but rebounded with a T-7 at the NCAA West Regional. He saved his best for the NCAAs, where he also was named a 2009-10 Ping First-team All-American.

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Team of the week: Augusta State

Augusta State, which competes at the Division II level for all sports except men’s and women’s golf, defeated top-ranked Oklahoma State 3-1-1 on June 6 to capture its first NCAA Championship. The Jaguars, who entered the NCAAs No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, placed sixth in the 54-hole stroke-play qualifier, 13 shots behind Oklahoma State. Augusta State edged Georgia Tech 3-2 in the quarterfinals, defeated Florida State 4-1 in the semis, and fed off superb performances from Henrik Norlander and Patrick Reed in the finals to dispose of Oklahoma State, which was in search of its 11th national title.

Sunday, June 6

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Reynolds drops Open to mourn grandfather

explains why Jean Reynolds likely will not be back for another Women’s Open run.

The U.S. Women’s Open may be without a Southern sparkplug next month at Oakmont. Jean Reynolds, who grabbed headlines at Saucon Valley last year when she was one of just three players under par after 36 holes, withdrew June 2 from Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying after finding out her grandfather died.

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Notes: Phil’s wild shot requires creativity

People marvel at the shots that Phil Mickelson can create. On Sunday at the Memorial Tournament, he didn’t have much choice but to be creative at the 15th hole.

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IMG to launch Leadbetter tour for juniors

IMG launches junior tour

IMG Academies will launch the IMG Leadbetter Junior Golf Tour in August, providing a new outlet for junior golfers looking to sharpen their skills among elite players like Victoria Tanco.

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Price wins second Champions title of ’10

The previous two years, Nick Price’s final rounds at the Principal Charity Classic were filled with tough shots and even tougher finishes.

Nick Price wins Principal Charity Classic

The previous two years, Nick Price's final rounds at the Principal Charity Classic were filled with tough shots and even tougher finishes.

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Rose savors first American victory

A decade after only one player from England resided in the top 100 in the world rankings, Justin Rose's win Sunday at the Memorial continues to show golf's British revival.

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Woods beans three fans, ties for 19th

Every time Tiger Woods hits a spectator with a ball, he tries to make it up to them by giving them an autographed golf glove.

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It's not yet Rickie's time; Runner-up at Memorial

Rickie Fowler, the 21-year-old rookie trying to become the youngest winner on the course Jack Nicklaus built, fell out of the lead for the first time at the Memorial with a double bogey on the 12th hole on Sunday when he hit into the water. He fell three shots behind eventual winner Justin Rose and never caught up at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Augusta State’s NCAA title was no upset

says despite what you may think, Augusta State’s NCAA title was not an upset.

Walking near the scoreboard area, waiting for the trophy presentation, I kept hearing the word “upset” as spectators referred to Augusta State’s 3-1-1 victory over Oklahoma State at The Honors Course.

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Rose wins Memorial; Fowler finishes 3 back

Rose wins The Memorial

Justin Rose won the Memorial by rallying from a four-shot deficit with a flawless final round for his first victory on the PGA Tour.

Brand Jr. seals wire-to-wire victory

Gordon Brand Jr., shooting an even-par 72, won his first European Senior Tour title by five strokes at the Matrix Jersey Classic.

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‘Two gloves’ Gainey gets 1st Nationwide win

Tommy Gainey got his first Nationwide Tour victory courtesy of a final-round 6-under 65 Sunday at the Melwood Prince George’s County Open.

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University Golf Championship tees off Tuesday

Student-athletes from 21 countries arrived this week at the Antequera Golf Club for the 13th annual World University Golf Championship sponsored by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and hosted by the University of Málaga.

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McDowell closes with 63 to win Wales Open

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland shot a closing-round 63 Sunday at the Wales Open to pick up his fifth career European Tour victory.

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Augusta State tops OSU to win NCAA title

Augusta State wins NCAA title

Augusta State won its first NCAA Championship, knocking off top-ranked Oklahoma State on Sunday at The Honors Course.

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It's a nail-biting playoff in Swaziland

It took 21 holes before Grant Muller sunk the winning putt to claim the 54-hole Lombard Insurance Classic on Sunday.

Parker earns maiden LET win in Holland

England’s Florentyna Parker earned her first Ladies European Tour victory at the ABN AMRO Ladies Open in Holland after a two-under par 70 on Sunday, which was enough for a two-shot victory over Scotland’s Krystle Caithness (68).

Munson among Nicklaus Award winners

Three collegians were on hand before the start of the final round of the Memorial to accept Jack Nicklaus Awards from the man himself.

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Pagunsan powers to Phuket victory

Juvic Pagunsan scored an emphatic maiden win on the Mercedes-Benz Tour. With an assured display of front-running, the man from the Philippines raced to a seven-stroke victory in the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Thailand.

Birdie binge sees Koda cruise home

Yoshimi Koda unleashed a spectacular late birdie barrage to secure a memorable maiden win in the Japan LPGA Tour's Resort Trust Ladies Tournament.

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Miyamoto celebrates major feat in Japan Championship

Katsumasa Miyamoto survived a final-round meltdown to claim victory in the 120 million yen (about US$1.3 million) Japan Tour Championship Citibank Cup Shishido Hills.

Vietnam Amateur: Thai Wasin reigns at Dalat Palace

Displaying the nous of a seasoned professional, teenager Wasin Sripattranusorn completed an emphatic wire-to-wire win in the third edition of the Vietnam Amateur Open.

Saturday, June 5

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Notes: Lehman recalls meeting with Wooden

Tom Lehman didn’t spend much time with John Wooden – just long enough to learn a few things that will last a lifetime.

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Fowler leads Memorial by 3; Barnes fires 62

Fowler leads Memorial by 3

Rickie Fowler is one round closer to joining the youth movement on the PGA Tour. Fowler, 21, shot 69 on Saturday to maintain his three-stroke lead entering the final round of the Memorial.

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Price, Armour share lead in Iowa

Nick Price shot a 6-under 65 to pull into a tie with Tommy Armour III after second-round play at the Principal Charity Classic on Saturday.

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Ogilvy yet to solve Muirfield Village

says Geoff Ogilvy’s love-hate relationship with Muirfield Village continues.

It is clear that after 10 appearances and 35 rounds, Geoff Ogilvy and Muirfield Village have a love-hate relationship.

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Oklahoma St. buries Oregon, reaches finals

OK State beats Oregon

After losing in the first round last year, Oklahoma State is on the verge of capturing its 11th national title after beating Oregon on Saturday. Eric Soderstrom reports.

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Scouting report: NCAA Championship

breaks down the matchup between Oklahoma State and Augusta State for Sunday’s NCAA finals.

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Oklahoma State and Augusta State will square off to decide this year’s national champion. The Cowboys will be playing for their 11th NCAA Championship; Augusta State will be going for its first.

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Another dramatic finish carries Augusta State

Augusta St. reaches finals

Augusta State isn’t just adding excitement to this NCAA Championship by playing the underdog role. As Sean Martin writes, the Jaguars also are authoring their share of dramatic finishes.

Park, Staten tied at Prince George’s Open

Jin Park and B.J. Staten will share the lead entering the final round of the Prince George’s County Open.

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Laird withdraws from U.S. Open qualifier

with some news on Monday’s U.S. Open qualifier, including Martin Laird’s WD.

You can cross off Martin Laird’s name from the list of players who’ll go right from the Memorial to a U.S. Open qualifier.

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OK State, Augusta St. to play for NCAA title

NCAA final matchup set

Top-seeded Oklahoma State and Augusta State will square off for the NCAA Championship on Sunday. As Ron Balicki writes, it’s a classic case of David vs. Goliath.

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Siem opens up three-shot lead in Wales

Germany’s Marcel Siem shot a 5-under 66 to take a 3-stroke lead, while Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher set a course-record 63 at the Wales Open.

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Mickelson’s alma mater, brother lose at NCAAs

His day ended on a good note – back-to-back birdies to shoot 1-under 71 Friday and pull into a share of eighth place at The Memorial.

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Mickelson knows wild U.S. Open qualifiers

Backed up at Memorial

On a rainy day at the Memorial, which may mean consecutive 36-hole rounds for U.S. Open hopefuls, Jim McCabe relives Phil Mickelson’s qualifier in 1993 – the last time he missed our national Open.

Friday, June 4

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Hadley, Reed display great sportsmanship

says Patrick Reed and Chesson Hadley showed great sportsmanship in their quarterfinal match.

Today, I don’t want to do a list. I don’t want to do a preview, or a Q&A with a player or coach. Instead, I want to tell everyone what I was honored to say I witnessed this afternoon.

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Notes: Ogilvy struggles to 77 in Round 2

No, that wasn’t golf ball-sized hail at the 14th. It was Phil Mickelson’s golf ball.

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NCAA Championship quarters: Match recaps

Quarterfinal match recaps

With another round in the books at The Honors Course, only four teams remain in the hunt for the NCAA Championship: Augusta State, Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma State.

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Fowler ties Memorial record, leads by three

Fowler leads Memorial

Rickie Fowler opened up a three-shot lead over Justin Rose at the Memorial on Friday while tying the 36-hole scoring mark at Muirfield Village.

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Mickelson’s gamble on 14 doesn’t pay off

You know when there is a commercial on TV and in small print on the bottom of the screen it says, “Don’t try this at home.”

Staten shoots 64, moves into lead in Maryland

B.J. Staten birdied his last four holes for a bogey-free 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend at the Prince George’s County Open.

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Armour III’s 63 matches course record in Iowa

Tommy Armour III matched the course record with an 8-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead Friday in the Principal Charity Classic.

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Woods shoots 69, still searching for game

Summer has arrived, the second major championship of the year is almost at hand and yet Tiger Woods’ game remains very much a work in progress.

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Kittleson leads Florida State into semifinals

explains why Drew Kittleson’s round Friday may have been the best of the week.

Florida State’s Drew Kittleson shot arguably the best round of the week Friday, helping the Seminoles knock off the defending national champions. Eric Soderstrom reports.

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Siem, Doht share lead at Wales Open

Germany’s Marcel Siem and Australia’s Andrew Doht are tied for the lead at 6 under after the second round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

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Wrong Ron strikes again: Washington loses

says the Wrong Ron curse continues: Washington is out at the NCAAs.

Well, here’s the shocker of shockers: Wrong Ron strikes again in picking the winner of the men’s NCAA Division I Championship. Don’t do a quick panic. All that means is once again, I lived up to my name.

Annika, Sheehan to host Women’s Day in Reno

Annika Sorenstam and Patty Sheehan are trying to get more women interested in the PGA Tour’s Reno-Tahoe Open.

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Montgomerie apologizes for reported affair

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie says he’s “sorry for the hurt I have caused” after a newspaper reported he had been unfaithful to his wife.

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Langley, Williams take top GCAA honors

Newly-crowned NCAA champion Scott Langley, a junior at Illinois, heads the 11-player list of 2009-10 Ping First-team All-Americans as Washington’s Chris Williams landed the Phil Mickelson Award as National Freshman of the Year. The awards were announced Friday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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Donald’s 65 equals course record at Wales Open

England’s Luke Donald has rallied from a poor opening round at the Wales Open to equal the Celtic Manor course record.

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Entering match play, it’s anyone’s championship

makes a case for the underdogs on the NCAA Championship match-play bracket.

Thinking back to the pre-match play days, I was told over and over of how awesome it was going to be to have that head-to-head component as part of the NCAA Championship. It was going to attract the non-diehards to the sport and garner some attention among the masses.

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Staff brackets: NCAA Championship

The final 8 is set at the NCAA Championship. Golfweek’s staff covering the event this week at the Honors Course – Lance Ringler, Asher Wildman, Ron Balicki, Sean Martin and Eric Soderstrom – have filled out their brackets.

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Stanford wins playoff, headed to match play

Stanford in match play

Stanford emerged from a three-for-one playoff with Arizona State and San Diego on Friday to earn the eighth and final match-play spot. Eric Soderstrom reports.

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Mickelson in prime spot at Memorial

The first time Phil Mickelson saw Muirfield Village Golf Club was as a 16-year-old. His week of excitement was ruined by a loss at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Could Augusta State really win the NCAA title?

explains why tiny Augusta State is in position to make an improbable run at an NCAA title.

We now enter the match-play segment of the NCAA Championship here at The Honors Course, and something does not fit. You know what I am talking about -– the feeling you got when you first learned that Butler would be playing in the Final Four in men’s basketball a couple of months ago.

Thursday, June 3

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Observations from the first half of the NCAAs

Now that stroke play is over – with only the playoff left to decide the final match-play bracket set-up – here are five observations from the first half of this year’s national championship.

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Langley wins NCAA title after wait

Langley wins NCAA title

It was a long day of leaderboard watching for Illinois’ Scott Langley, but as Ron Balicki writes, no one could knock Langley out of the top spot, and he walked away with a two-shot victory.

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Woods opens with 72 at Memorial; 7 back

Tiger Woods was still grasping at straws in Thursday’s first round at Memorial. Woods, playing in his first event since withdrawing in the final round at The Players, did not birdie a par 5, the first time he has failed to do so since the third round in 2002.

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ASU, San Diego, Stanford to duel for 8th spot

Three-way playoff at NCAAs

It will be an early morning for Alex Ching and the Toreros on Friday, as they will play off against Arizona State and Stanford to determine who earns the eighth and final match-play spot. Sean Martin reports.

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Notes: Smith finds solace at Memorial

Almost a year after tragedy struck his family, Chris Smith found solace returning to his second home.

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Fowler, 21, shares lead at Memorial

Justin Rose has finished with a 65, playing his best golf after a two-hour rain delay and building a two-shot lead over Phil Mickelson and other early starters at the Memorial.

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Pace-of-play issue needs to be addressed

has one last thought on pace of play at the NCAA Championship.

It’s the last tournament of the year, and it’s only fitting I write one more blog about pace of play.

Sheehan leads Prince George’s County Open

Patrick Sheehan shot an 8-under 63 Thursday at the weather-delayed Prince George’s County Open, giving him a one-stroke lead over Fabian Gomez.

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Singh grateful for U.S. Open exemption

says Vijay Singh praised the media for urging the USGA to offer him a U.S. Open exemption.

He’s known for a relentless work ethic, not for having a warm and fuzzy relationship with the media.

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Gaming and golf combine at casino courses

In the past 15 years, golf has become one of the casino industry’s amenities of choice – a means of attracting everyone from high-rollers to golf buddies looking to do 36 holes per day, play low-dollar casino games at night and do it all over again the next day.

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WATCH: New Tiger Woods EA Sports spots

Watch new EA spots

Tiger Woods is being featured in a new television commercial, and this one isn’t likely to create the uproar his last one did. Click here to watch it.

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Texas Tech awaits match-play fate

says Texas Tech had to wait to learn its match-play fate.

It took a few hours, but the Texas Tech Red Raiders learned Thursday evening that they had advanced to the first round of match play at the NCAA Championship. Sean Martin reports.

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Kimberly Kim won’t return to Denver in fall

Kim won’t return to Denver

Kimberly Kim will not return to the Denver women’s golf team next year. Kim said academics figured heavily into her decision to leave Denver. Julie Williams reports.

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The Old Course: A bargain at twice the price

explains why the Old Course in St. Andrews just might be the best deal in golf.

What’s the best deal in golf? That subject comes up occasionally, particularly during uncertain times when everyone is looking for a deal. Some people might point to the playback rate at Bandon Dunes or the summer rates in Arizona or the shoulder-season rates in northern Michigan.

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Lodestone set to open June 5

Lodestone Golf Club will open all 18 holes for play in western Maryland on June 5. The 7,507-yard layout, designed by Hale Irwin and Todd Schoeder, is a mountain layout that sits at 2,973 feet, near Deep Creek Lake.

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Wood’s 65 ties course record at Wales Open

Chris Wood led the Wales Open after shooting a record-tying 6-under 65 over the Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor on Thursday.

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Couples looks to bounce back in Iowa

Fred Couples couldn’t have asked for a better start to his Champions Tour career, right up until last week.

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Wedge rift DQs Lee from Women’s Open

Wedge dispute costs Lee

Erynne Lee won’t be playing in the U.S. Women’s Open, after all. The U.S. Golf Association has deemed two of Lee’s wedges to be nonconforming with the new grooves regulations that took effect this year. James Achenbach reports.

Junior Fantasy results: Thunderbird

Despite a lengthy layoff, Julie Williams continued her hot start to the season in junior fantasy. Williams made two top-5 picks to give her a 55-point advantage heading into the summer.

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Chat replay: Players talk NCAAs

Players, writers at NCAAs

Illinois junior Scott Langley, the clubhouse leader at 10-under 206, chatted live from the NCAA Championship at The Honors Course.

Jack Nicklaus Wines debut in Florida, Ohio

It was five years in the making, but Jack Nicklaus finally has his name on a bottle of wine. Good wine, to boot. Today, the Golden Bear and Terlato Wines introduced Jack Nicklaus Wines.

Johansson Borst gets UK women’s job

Golda Johansson Borst has been named the head women’s golf coach at Kentucky, the university announced Thursday. Johansson Borst had been the assistant women’s coach at LSU since August 2007.

Junior diary: Indy 500 and Open qualifier

attended the Indy 500 and is getting ready for a U.S. Open qualifier. Read about it in his junior diary.

I had a great week! With finishing up school, taking my finals, playing a few high school events, practicing all day and going to the Indy 500, my week was very eventful.

Junior diary: A wild week at Thunderbird

I had a blast this past week in Arizona for the Thunderbird International Junior at Grayhawk Golf Club. I met so many people, played so much pingpong and got to play in the hot desert, which was very pretty.

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The man behind Colonial’s tartan jacket

Zach Johnson shot a record-setting final round last Sunday to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational. The victory earned Johnson a piece of golf history – a tartan jacket.

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Predictions for teams making match play

predicts which bubble teams will make NCAA match play and which teams will go home early.

With only one round of stroke play left before match play gets under way Friday, it’s time to make some bold predictions on who gets in and who will start their summer early.

A tradition like no other – Memorial rain delay

First the good news: The hole location on the 18th green at Muirfield Village Golf Club was cut and the cup successfully placed on time.

Wednesday, June 2

Blue Mound to host 2010 Western Junior

The 93rd Western Junior will be held June 22-25 at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wis., marking the championship’s first visit to Wisconsin since 1993.

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Does an NCAA individual title really matter?

NCAA Championship (Rd. 2)

There is one thing missing at the NCAA Championship: An individual leaderboard. As Eric Soderstrom writes, does it really matter?

Nicklaus skips St. Andrews to preserve memory

The British Open this year will feature a four-hole exhibition with all its past champions, from Seve Ballesteros to Tiger Woods to Nick Faldo.

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Lefty tops Tiger at Memorial Skins Game

At least twice the age of some of his fellow players, nobody let 70-year-old Jack Nicklaus play from the senior tees.

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Top teams could miss NCAA match play

NCAA Championship (Rd. 2)

The third round of the NCAA Championship will be nerve-racking for several top teams as they try to keep their national-title hopes alive. Sean Martin reports.

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Woods moves on at Memorial sans coach

Tiger Woods is the defending champion at Memorial and a four-time winner at Muirfield Village. It just doesn’t seem that way.

Free admission again for 3M Championship

Fans can get in free to the 3M Championship again this year. Tournament director Hollis Cavner announced the decision at TPC Twin Cities on Wednesday.

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San Diego’s Ching shining again at NCAAs

explains what makes NCAA 36-hole leader Alex Ching’s run at The Honors Course unique.

San Diego’s Alex Ching is at it again. The sophomore seems to save his best golf for the NCAA Championship.

Defending champs take nose dive in Round 2

explains what caused defending NCAA champs Texas A&M to fall from fourth to 16th in Round 2.

There’s probably a number of reasons and/or excuses for the way Texas A&M self-destructed in the second round Wednesday of the NCAA Championship at The Honors Course.

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Conference rivalries could be brewing

says some conference rivalries are starting to take shape as we inch closer to match play at NCAAs.

There is very little doubt that the Pac-10 Conference has dominated college golf this year.

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Florida State flies by OSU at NCAAs

NCAA Championship (Rd. 2)

Florida State is on a roll through two rounds of stroke play at the national championship. The Seminoles lead Oklahoma State by five shots.

Pac-10 looks weak at NCAA Championship

The talk through the 2009-10 season was on the strength of the Pac-10 Conference. The league led the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings with five teams in the top 10. A total of eight teams were in the top 30.

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Lake Merced to host 2012 Girls’ Junior

Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., will host the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. The dates of the championship are July 16-21.

Troubled Knoxville event lands title sponsor

The Knoxville Open, one of the Nationwide Tour’s original events, has found a title sponsor.

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Hedwall, Brouse earn Golfweek honors

Hedwall, Brouse honored

Fresh off victories at the national championship, Oklahoma State’s Caroline Hedwall is 2009-10 Golfweek’s Player of the Year, and Brouse is Golfweek’s Coach of the Year.

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Singh: I didn’t lobby for U.S. Open spot

His streak of consecutive appearances in the major championships will live on, but Vijay Singh insists the exemption into the upcoming U.S. Open isn’t something he lobbied for.

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U.S. Women’s Open qualifying results

Top finishers from each section qualifier will advance to the U.S. Women's Open that will be played July 8-11 at Oakmont (Pa.) Golf Club.

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Woods breezes in, out of Memorial presser

with some bullet points from Tiger Woods’ yawn-inducing Memorial press conference.

Tiger Woods breezed in an out of his pre-Memorial press conference and answered the obligatory questions, revealed very little and seemed like he was only looking forward to going back to the golf course for a nine-hole Skins Game.

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Singh avoids Open qualifier, gets exemption

Vijay Singh won’t have to go through qualifying to play in the U.S. Open in two weeks at Pebble Beach.

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Monty dabbles in Ryder Cup fiction again

Colin Montgomerie spent Tuesday afternoon reading to schoolchildren in the Newport public library. Today, he indulged in fiction of his own making.

Fantasy Aces: The Memorial Tournament

The Memorial Tournament

The PGA Tour's elite are gathered at Muirfield Village for The Memorial Tournament. Who are the Fantasy Aces picking this week?

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Unsung Davies eyeing Ryder Cup spot

says Welshman Rhys Davies has put himself in position to earn a spot on the Ryder Cup team.

Rhys Davies wasn’t in the Ryder Cup reckoning a year ago. He is now.

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Hate to be Rude: Jack, Tiger and major mark

Hate to be Rude

Jack Nicklaus was asked, yet again, whether Tiger Woods will break his record of 18 majors. The short answer is, yes. Jeff Rude reports.

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Muirfield Village gets 2013 Presidents Cup

Here’s a safe bet if you want to take it to Ladbrokes: Hotel rooms will be impossible to come by in this area the weekend of Oct. 4-6, 2013.

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Honors Course goes soft in Round 1

says perfect playing conditions made The Honors Course play nothing like it did in 1996.

This was not the same Honors Course that I remember from the final round of the 1996 NCAA Championship. Not even close.

Tuesday, June 1

Thumbs up: Oregon | Thumbs down: Illinois

The stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championship is three days long, but some teams made pretty strong statements Tuesday during the first round. Others, on other hand, not so much.

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Perry adjusting to new, slim look

thinks Kenny Perry might be on the best diet in history.

It’s been a month and Kenny Perry officially has the best diet in history.

Notes: In retirement, Nicklaus no spectator

Jack Nicklaus still loves golf. He just doesn’t like watching.

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OSU, FSU lead NCAAs shootout

NCAA Championship (Rd. 1)

Oklahoma State and Florida State share the first-round lead at the NCAA Championship. As Eric Soderstrom writes, low scores were the name of the game Tuesday at The Honors Course.

Tribute to Seve gets players’ attention

With a thick, Midwest humidity enveloping Muirfield Village Golf Club, a walk on the practice range revealed a few intriguing sights:

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Okla. State's Hedwall wins Honda Award

Caroline Hedwall of Oklahoma State won the Honda Sports Award.

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Sources: Muirfield Village to get ’13 Prez Cup

The Presidents Cup is coming to Muirfield Village in 2013, two officials said Tuesday, giving the course Jack Nicklaus built the distinction of hosting golf’s three biggest cup competitions.

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Golf needs more Mark Calcavecchias

McCabe on Calcavecchia

The PGA Tour will lose a big slice of its flavor when Mark Calcavecchia sets his attention toward the Champions Tour. Jim McCabe explains.

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Doc’s office searched in Blasberg death case

Police were looking for a prescription anxiety medication when they searched a Nevada doctor’s house and office in the investigation of the death of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg, court records show.

Baylor frosh dunks eagle from 126 yards

There were three eagles made during the 15-team morning wave Tuesday in the first round of the NCAA Championship at The Honors Course.

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Baylor looking for respect at NCAAs

NCAA Championship

Baylor was left out of the official tournament program at the NCAA Championship. As Ron Balicki writes, that was all the motivation the Bears needed.

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Duke’s Roach a true Honors student

Duke junior Wes Roach estimated he has played The Honors Course about 15 times, even if he has the notes to prove only one of those rounds.

In this issue: June 4, 2010

Inside the June 4, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

Vols leaning on local knowledge at Honors

says a Ryder Cup-like warm-up at The Honors Course could favor Tennessee at the NCAA Championship.

Tennessee should be considered a favorite at the NCAA Championship. Coach Jim Kelson’s squad plays about five times each year at The Honors Course, and he knows where shots can be saved on the golf course.

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Kennegard, ASU set early NCAA pace

NCAA Championship

Led by junior Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State took lead after the morning wave of the NCAA Championship’s first round. Sean Martin reports.

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North Florida sets sights on match play

won’t be surprised if gritty North Florida makes some noise at NCAAs.

If North Florida leaves The Honors Course on Thursday without a Friday tee time, nobody will think twice. The Ospreys have had a very good year and will finish the season ranked in the top 25.

Toy Box notes: Johnson, SeeMore partnership

says Zach Johnson, seven-time Tour winner, has used a SeeMore putter since his days on the Hooters Tour.

Crowne Plaza Invitational winner Zach Johnson has used a SeeMore putter since his days on the NGA/Hooters Tour in 2001. He won the first time he used an original SeeMore FGP putter. Then he won again. And again.

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Mickelson’s major titles pursuit is stirring

Welcome, students, to the Phil Mickelson Advanced School of Major Championship Golf. Phil is a generous guy, so there is no tuition.

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Want to putt like Zach Johnson? Here’s how

Johnson’s putting stroke

In winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Zach Johnson sank more than 100 feet of putts during the final nine holes of the tournament. He made 24 birdies in 72 holes.

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Shoes: Hot trend is spikeless

Hot trend is spikeless

Such is the popularity and influence of Fred Couples that he alone, representing shoe manufacturer Ecco, appears to be responsible for the resurrection of the spikeless golf shoe category.

Tennessee’s Pavon named NGCA president

Tennessee women’s golf coach Judi Pavon was announced as the new president of the National Golf Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Five key players to watch at NCAAs

with five key players to watch this week at the NCAA Championship.

As the NCAA Championship gets underway Tuesday, let’s look at five players who need to play ginormous roles for their teams in hopes of cracking the top eight for match play.

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Thin field offers no true preview of Ryder Cup

explains why players did not honor Monty’s request to turn up this week in Wales.

European captain Colin Montgomerie wanted players at Celtic Manor, site of the Ryder Cup, for this week for the Wales Open. His call wasn’t answered. Alistair Tait explains.

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Behind-the-scenes: Bandon’s Old Macdonald

Old Macdonald at Bandon

Bradley S. Klein consulted on the design of Old Macdonald, which opened Tuesday at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Go behind-the-scenes to see what went into the design of the course.

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Memorial clamps down, beginning with media

says security is a much bigger presence this week at The Memorial than in past years.

Security is a much bigger presence this week at The Memorial Tournament than in past years.